During 2017, GEVOL received outreach funds from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), to realize the project “Understanding Evolutionary Biology for Chilean Secondary School teachers: improving teaching activities and educational material in the classroom”.
The project was focused on using educational material generated using some chapters of the book ‘Introducción a la Biología Evolutiva‘, published on 2014 with funds from ESEB, to make new material for teachers in the classroom.
The final results was the invention of a board game called ‘Mosaico Evolutivo’ (Evolutionary Mosaic), that was based on evolutionary concepts such as genetic drift, natural selection and coevolution. This board game was presented to a group of teachers from different parts of Chile.
During October through December, we developed a workshop entitled “Evolution in Action: Educational proposals for the classroom” with the participation of Alejandra Fabres, Inés Herrera, Esteban Oda, Luis Pastenes and Marco Méndez. The activity consisted in a theoretical class to update the teachers on evolutionary concepts and a practical part where the board game was exposed and then tested with the teachers. This was presented in Iquique, Santiago and Talca.