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How to reduce a genome? ALife as a tool to teach the scientific method to school pupils

Quentin Carde 1 Marco Foley 1 Carole Knibbe 1, 2 David Parsons 3 Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas 1, 4 Guillaume Beslon 1, 4
1 BEAGLE - Artificial Evolution and Computational Biology
LIRIS - Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d'information, Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LBBE - Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive - UMR 5558
Abstract : When Artificial Life approaches are used with school pupils, it is generally to help them learn about the dynamics of living systems and/or their evolution. Here, we propose to use it to teach the scientific and experimental method, rather than biology. We experimented this alternative pedagogical usage during the 5 days internship of a young schoolboy - Quentin - with astonishing results. Indeed, not only Quentin easily grasped the principles of science and experiments but meanwhile he also collected very interesting results that shed a new light on the evolution of genome size and, more precisely, on genome streamlining. This article summarizes this success story and analyzes its results on both educational and scientific perspectives.
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Quentin Carde, Marco Foley, Carole Knibbe, David Parsons, Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas, et al.. How to reduce a genome? ALife as a tool to teach the scientific method to school pupils. ALIFE 2019 - Conference on Artificial Life, Jul 2019, Newcastle, United Kingdom. pp.497-504, ⟨10.1162/isal_a_00211⟩. ⟨hal-02285718⟩

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