Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes

Emergent Properties - watch slime mold cells in action

Educational Goals:

  • Watch unicellular and multicellular slime mold (Dictyostelium discoideum) behavior.
  • Utilize sterile technique to explore an emergent behavior and possible mechanisms of communication.
  • Interact with a mathematical model of slime mold physiology to understand the specific timing of cellular communication.
  • Communicate scientific information.


Learning Outcomes - Students will:

  • Review the life-cycle of D. discoideum.
  • Sketch how cells know which way to migrate when streaming.
  • Analyze Diagram what happens to slugs under your experimental conditions.
  • Propose how multicellular organisms could have evolved based on what you observed in lab.
  • Argue that Dictyostelium discoideum is a unicellular species or that it is a multicellular speceis.

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