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360Science™: Drosophila Basics

By: The Flinn Scientific Staff

360Science™ blends the best of student-engaging digital content with easily adaptable hands-on labs to offer your students a uniquely comprehensive learning experience.

In this lab experience, students carry out an investigation to determine the sex of fruit flies as well as common mutations. Students use drawings of Drosophila melanogaster as well as live specimens to get hands on experience with genetic terms, mutations and monohybrid crossings. Using live fruit flies, students learn the technique to anesthetize the flies as well as separate them by gender and eye color mutation. Students conduct a monohybrid cross to observe the recessive inheritance pattern of the sepia body color in the F1 generation and make a prediction for the F2 generation. Wild-type and sepia Drosophila are required and available separately.

Editable, differentiated instructions range from a time-sensitive prescriptive lab to full open inquiry, and robust online videos and content—including a virtual reality (VR) simulation—help students prepare for and better understand the labs they’re conducting.

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360Science™: Drosophila Basics
Concepts:
Genetics, monohybrid cross, genotype vs. phenotype
Outcomes: Students are able to easily identify the differences between male and female flies as well as identify which ones are homozygous recessive for sepia and which are wild type fruit flies. They will gain an understanding of why scientists use fruit flies for genetic studies and how mutated traits are passed from generation to generation.
Associated Phenomena: Genetic Mysteries

Our 1-year option provides access to all digital content for one year plus lab supplies for a single class of 30 students. Our 3-year option extends access to digital content to three years, with a 30% discount on refill supply kits years 2 and 3.

What is Flinn 360Science™?
We’re introducing a whole new way to teach experiential science! We’ve taken a hard look at science study from all perspectives and, thanks to the feedback of thousands of teachers nationwide, we’ve created a way to make it easier to provide personalized instruction while delivering the kind of lab experiences your students truly need.

Our new and comprehensive learning solutions are designed to bring science to life by giving you all the tools you need to incorporate more (and effective) hands-on learning in your classroom or lab. 360Science allows you to provide your students with the support they need to make real-world connections to key scientific principles and help make those abstract concepts concrete.

Every 360Science lab solves the most common challenges educators face in bringing more hands-on science to their students—from not having enough time to matching the right level of challenge for students’ abilities to providing appropriate background content, safety techniques, assessments and more.

Enable student-driven, blended learning through a unique combination of leveled lab instructions supporting prescriptive, guided- and open-inquiry lab exercises (see PDF resource for specific details) with robust digital content, such as videos and carefully curated Open Educational Resources (OER)—along with virtual reality and simulation exercises. From editable, digital instructions to assessments and alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we have everything you need to improve mastery, remove the intimidation factor and foster your students’ natural curiosity.


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Performance Expectations

HS-LS3-3: Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population.