TREE THINKING
GAME MODULES DEMO

NOTE
These slides do not represent the final game design or completed content.
They are f...
What is this game about?
An evolutionary tree is like a family tree
Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first
cousins share grandparents, two generations back.
Ernesto

Ana...
Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first
cousins share grandparents, two generations back.
Ernesto

Ana...
Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first
cousins share grandparents, two generations back.
Ernesto

Ana...
Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first
cousins share grandparents, two generations back.
Ernesto

Ana...
Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first
cousins share grandparents, two generations back.
Ernesto

Ana...
You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three
generations back.
Ernesto

Anastasia

Liz

Jorge

Phil

Anna

...
You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three
generations back.
Ernesto

Anastasia

Phil

Anna

Tony

2nd co...
You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three
generations back.
Ernesto

Anastasia

Phil

Anna

Tony

2nd co...
You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three
generations back.
Ernesto

Anastasia

Phil

Anna

Tony

2nd co...
You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three
generations back.
Ernesto

Anastasia

Phil

Anna

Tony

2nd co...
You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three
generations back.
Ernesto

Anastasia

Phil

Anna

Tony

2nd co...
What if you went even further back on your family tree?
What if you went even further back on your family tree?
What if you went even further back on your family tree?

Ten generations?
What if you went even further back on your family tree?

Ten generations?
What if you went even further back on your family tree?

Ten generations?
A thousand generations?
What if you went even further back on your family tree?

Ten generations?
A thousand generations?
What if you went even further back on your family tree?

Ten generations?
A thousand generations?
A million?
What if you went even further back on your family tree?

Ten generations?
A thousand generations?
A million?

What do you ...
All of Life is part of one big family that began when the first cell
started its life in a primordial pond almost 4 billio...
All of the species alive today are cousins on the 3.8 billion
year old tree of life
Human

Cow

Lizard

Turtle
We use DNA to figure out where species belong on this tree

Human

Cow

Lizard

Turtle

?
We use DNA to figure out where species belong on this tree

Human

Cow

Lizard

Turtle

Bird
This game lets you solve a puzzle,
putting animals in their spot on the tree of life
When you drag an animal around, hover it over the species on
the tree to see how much its DNA matches

DNA
Animal 1

DNA
A...
Eventually this game will be a lot fancier

Which new branch does
the elephant go on?
…With a tutorial and fun facts about each animal

ORCA
Orcinus orca

The orca, more commonly known as the killer whale, is...
Proposed levels:

Level 1: (Broad evolutionary relationships)
e.g, Humans, sea anemone, house fly, tree, seaweed, fungus, ...
Proposed 15-30 second long educational modules:

1)  What's this game about?
2)  What is DNA?
3)  How do scientists collec...
What is dNA?
Sample information module
Within every one of the trillions of cells that make up your
body lies a small molecule called DNA.
Within every one of the trillions of cells that make up your
body lies a small molecule called DNA.
This is
DNA!

Within every one of the trillions of cells that make up your
body lies a small molecule called DNA.
DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
A

DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
AT

DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
A TG

DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
A TG C

DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
YOU

CTATTCTG
CTTCTACC
ATTCTTCGTATGGCCCCC
CGTATGGATATATATATG
CGCGGGGGACTGACTTG
CGCTTCTCCCCCTATAGG
TATGCCTCTCTATTATTA
TTCTT...
When the cells of our bodies multiply as we grow and have
children, the DNA gets copied along with it.
Sometimes there is a little glitch in the copying process, and
one of the letters of the DNA alphabet gets switched to ano...
These mistakes are
called mutations!

Sometimes there is a little glitch in the copying process, and
one of the letters of...
As the tree of life grew and divided into many diverse species
As the tree of life grew and divided into many diverse species, each had its
own unique sets of mutations which they passe...
These mutations are like "fingerprints" in the genetic code
These mutations are like "fingerprints" in the genetic code, and let us find
where a creature belongs on the tree of life ...
These mutations are like "fingerprints" in the genetic code, and let us find
where a creature belongs on the tree of life ...
CREDITS

Content and Design By Laura Crothers, Ammon Thompson, and PowersCombined
Worm by Ana María Lora Macias from The N...
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Tree Thinking Demo

  1. 1. TREE THINKING GAME MODULES DEMO NOTE These slides do not represent the final game design or completed content. They are for demonstration purposes only.
  2. 2. What is this game about?
  3. 3. An evolutionary tree is like a family tree
  4. 4. Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first cousins share grandparents, two generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Liz Jorge Phil Anna Cho Aaron Will Arthur Mrs. Mr. Tony
  5. 5. Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first cousins share grandparents, two generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Liz Jorge Phil Anna Cho Aaron Cousins Will Arthur Mrs. Mr. Tony
  6. 6. Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first cousins share grandparents, two generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Liz Jorge Phil Anna Cho Aaron Cousins Will Arthur Mrs. Mr. Tony
  7. 7. Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first cousins share grandparents, two generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Liz Jorge Phil Anna Cho Aaron Cousins Will Arthur Mrs. Mr. Tony
  8. 8. Looking at your family tree, you can see you and your first cousins share grandparents, two generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Liz Jorge Phil Anna Cho Aaron Cousins Will Arthur Mrs. Grandparents Mr. Tony
  9. 9. You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Liz Jorge Phil Anna Cho Aaron Will Arthur Mrs. Mr. Tony
  10. 10. You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Phil Anna Tony 2nd cousins Liz Jorge Cho Aaron Will Arthur Mrs. Mr.
  11. 11. You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Phil Anna Tony 2nd cousins Liz Jorge Cho Aaron Will Arthur Mrs. Mr.
  12. 12. You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Phil Anna Tony 2nd cousins Liz Jorge Cho Aaron Will Arthur Mrs. Mr.
  13. 13. You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Phil Anna Tony 2nd cousins Liz Jorge Cho Aaron Will Arthur Mrs. Mr.
  14. 14. You and your second cousins share great-grandparents, three generations back. Ernesto Anastasia Phil Anna Tony 2nd cousins Liz Jorge Cho Will Arthur Mrs. Great-grandparents Aaron Mr.
  15. 15. What if you went even further back on your family tree?
  16. 16. What if you went even further back on your family tree?
  17. 17. What if you went even further back on your family tree? Ten generations?
  18. 18. What if you went even further back on your family tree? Ten generations?
  19. 19. What if you went even further back on your family tree? Ten generations? A thousand generations?
  20. 20. What if you went even further back on your family tree? Ten generations? A thousand generations?
  21. 21. What if you went even further back on your family tree? Ten generations? A thousand generations? A million?
  22. 22. What if you went even further back on your family tree? Ten generations? A thousand generations? A million? What do you think your distant cousins would look like then?
  23. 23. All of Life is part of one big family that began when the first cell started its life in a primordial pond almost 4 billion years ago.
  24. 24. All of the species alive today are cousins on the 3.8 billion year old tree of life Human Cow Lizard Turtle
  25. 25. We use DNA to figure out where species belong on this tree Human Cow Lizard Turtle ?
  26. 26. We use DNA to figure out where species belong on this tree Human Cow Lizard Turtle Bird
  27. 27. This game lets you solve a puzzle, putting animals in their spot on the tree of life
  28. 28. When you drag an animal around, hover it over the species on the tree to see how much its DNA matches DNA Animal 1 DNA Animal 2 95%
  29. 29. Eventually this game will be a lot fancier Which new branch does the elephant go on?
  30. 30. …With a tutorial and fun facts about each animal ORCA Orcinus orca The orca, more commonly known as the killer whale, is the largest member of the dolphin family. The largest orcas grow almost as long as a school bus. Orcas are found throughout the world’s oceans, and swim in large family groups called “pods.” Members of each pod communicate in dialects of clicks and whistles that are unique to that group. FUN FACT: Orcas can live as long as the average human!
  31. 31. Proposed levels: Level 1: (Broad evolutionary relationships) e.g, Humans, sea anemone, house fly, tree, seaweed, fungus, bacterium Level 2: (Animals) e.g, Humans, orcas, cow, elephant, opossum, alligator, coelacanth, trout Level 3: (Canids) Fox, wolf, Chinese Shar-Pei, chow chow, basenji, Siberian husky, Afghan hound, chihuahua, boxer Level 4: (Solve a societal problem) e.g, Figure out which contemporary influenza virus is most similar to the Spanish flu of 1918 (using RNA similarity)
  32. 32. Proposed 15-30 second long educational modules: 1)  What's this game about? 2)  What is DNA? 3)  How do scientists collect these DNA “fingerprints”? 4)  How does the game work? 5)  How closely related are these two animals? 6)  What does the percentage mean?
  33. 33. What is dNA? Sample information module
  34. 34. Within every one of the trillions of cells that make up your body lies a small molecule called DNA.
  35. 35. Within every one of the trillions of cells that make up your body lies a small molecule called DNA.
  36. 36. This is DNA! Within every one of the trillions of cells that make up your body lies a small molecule called DNA.
  37. 37. DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
  38. 38. A DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
  39. 39. AT DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
  40. 40. A TG DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
  41. 41. A TG C DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet
  42. 42. YOU CTATTCTG CTTCTACC ATTCTTCGTATGGCCCCC CGTATGGATATATATATG CGCGGGGGACTGACTTG CGCTTCTCCCCCTATAGG TATGCCTCTCTATTATTA TTCTTTGCTATACTTCCC CCCAACCCCTTGAGGAC CCCCGTGC GGGGTTC CACTCCAT ATATGGA TATGGATAAACCCCTAG GTATATGGATATATTGGC CTTCCGGGGACTGATAA GTATGCCTTATGGATATA TATATGCGCGGATAGCAT DNA is made up of four different pieces that form an alphabet that is read like an instruction manual for our bodies.
  43. 43. When the cells of our bodies multiply as we grow and have children, the DNA gets copied along with it.
  44. 44. Sometimes there is a little glitch in the copying process, and one of the letters of the DNA alphabet gets switched to another.
  45. 45. These mistakes are called mutations! Sometimes there is a little glitch in the copying process, and one of the letters of the DNA alphabet gets switched to another.
  46. 46. As the tree of life grew and divided into many diverse species
  47. 47. As the tree of life grew and divided into many diverse species, each had its own unique sets of mutations which they passed on to their children.
  48. 48. These mutations are like "fingerprints" in the genetic code
  49. 49. These mutations are like "fingerprints" in the genetic code, and let us find where a creature belongs on the tree of life compared to its relatives.
  50. 50. These mutations are like "fingerprints" in the genetic code, and let us find where a creature belongs on the tree of life compared to its relatives.
  51. 51. CREDITS Content and Design By Laura Crothers, Ammon Thompson, and PowersCombined Worm by Ana María Lora Macias from The Noun Project Grass by Bryn Mackenzie from The Noun Project Sea Turtle by Baffi Lab from The Noun Project Network by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project Book by Pyetro Rapp from The Noun Project Cell by Maurizio Fusillo from The Noun Project Other images in the public domain or by Laura Crothers

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