Life Science: Bottle Biology
Bottle Biology uses recyclable containers as building blocks that can be put together to form any number of bottle systems to explore science, nature, and the environment.
In Life Science you are invited to choose from four Bottle Biology systems. Each has been designed to provide applications and extension activities for the topics being addressed in the sequential pairs of sessions that compose the course.
The “TerrAqua Column” has been designed as a companion to Sessions 1 and 2, reinforcing concepts related to defining life and classifying living things. Sessions 3 and 4 focus upon animal and plant life cycles. The “Brassica & Butterfly System” allows firsthand experience with plant and animal life cycles that are intertwined. The basics of biological evolution are addressed in Sessions 5 and 6. Using the “Field Population System,” you can do an experiment that demonstrates how evolution works. Sessions 7 and 8 explore interdependence in the living world. The “EcoColumn” offers a way of exploring large-scale concepts at a “bottle-sized” scale.
During the first two weeks of your course, you should choose one of the systems, assemble the necessary bottle materials, construct the system involved, gather the living and habitat materials you’ll need, and stock your system. By the end of the second week, your system should be stocked and ready to go.
After that, you should select from the activities suggested for each system on this Web site. You can use our discussion board to share your experiences with your colleagues. We have also set up these same systems and done some of the suggested activities. You can track our progress and compare it to your own.
For general information about Bottle Biology visit www.bottlebiology.org.