Future Creatures CHALLENGE

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Challenge Details
YOUR CHALLENGE IS:

DRAW HOW A RAINFOREST ANIMAL MAY ADAPT IN THE FUTURE DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

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If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to pick a vertebrate animal living in a tropical rainforest and draw/illustrate/predict how it may look in the future due to long term effects of climate change (think thousands of years ... or more!). Please consider habitat changes due to rising temperatures and rising seas, and animal adaptations needed to survive, such as camouflage, defense, eating food, and/or how it moves. Some possible habitat changes to consider are: Inland rainforests that become savannas (rolling grasslands with scattered trees & shrubs) or inland rainforests that become mixed woodlands (low density forest with shrubs and trees), or coastal rainforests that become marshes/seasonal wetlands or become completely underwater. Your entry should provide at least two illustrations - one of your animal in its present habitat and one as an adapted animal in the predicted future habitat. Also, submit a short essay (max 1500 characters) to explain your illustrations. (You may not choose humans as your animal.) Be sure to review the CONTEST RULES and DESIGN GUIDELINES, including the student privacy rules, such as: No personal names and faces in your entry! Go wild... and good luck!
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DATES / JUDGING CRITERIA / PRIZES

You have to play by the Rules to Win.

WHO CAN ENTER

Individuals or Teams of up to 4 Students
All teammates must be in the same judging category
Grades K-12 Students
In the United States

JUDGING CRITERIA

Grades K-12
 
25
POINTS
Description of the Present Vertebrate Animal
25
POINTS
Description of the Future Vertebrate Animal
25
POINTS
Visual Communication of Your Present Animal in its Habitat
25
POINTS
Visual Communication of Your Future Animal in its Habitat

HOW TO ENTER

An entry must include:


Future Creature Name (Max 30 Characters)

Short Essay (Max 1500 Characters)

Up to 6 Illustrations (Max 3MB each; JPG/JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF or SVG)


Please review the Contest Rules and Design Guidelines prior to creating your entry.
Contest Rules Design Guidelines
PROGRAM DATES
Challenge Launch
19
April
Entries Close
12
July
Semifinalists Announced
08
August
Finalists Announced
14
August
Winners Announced
21
August
Challenge Launch
19
April
Entries Close
12
July
Semifinalists Announced
08
August
Finalists Announced
14
August
Winners Announced
21
August

PRIZES

 

Conduct The Challenge

Lesson Plan Details and Challenge Tips!

1. Science Lessons

Learn about Natural Selection

2. Digital Tools

Edit your images

3. Brainstorm & Design

Discover animal adaptations

4. Build & Iterate

Illustrate your creature
Science Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
Build & Iterate
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Science Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
Build & Iterate

LEARN ABOUT SCIENCE

All species have variation of traits (characteristics). Just take a look around you and you will see that humans look very different from one another. Over time, certain physical characteristics will be selected and passed on to the next generation. Embark on a simulation to discover how Natural Selection works. ​
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students Per Team

Approach

Play the Natural Selection Game

Material

See Lesson

Educator tools

Videos / Resources

Brainstorm & Design

It’s brainstorm time! Select an animal for your challenge, research its present-day anatomical adaptations and brainstrom how it might evolve over time. Dive into the factors that influence the selection of future adaptations. Lastly, sketch designs of your creature.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students per Team

Approach

Research, brainstorm & sketch designs.

Material

Internet, Computer

Educator tools

Brainstorming Ideas

Brainstorming Idea
Habitat

How will climate change effect your creature’s habitat? How will it adapt to its new surroundings? What kind of shelter will it seek? What traits will be selected for in order for it to survive?

Brainstorming Idea
Defense

Body structures like spikes, horns or sharp claws, help protect and defend animals against any creature that threatens them. What kinds of defensive body structures will help your creature look tough? How will your animal use these structures to fight off another animal?

Brainstorming Idea
Forage

When an environment changes, finding food can be harder. Whether your animal eats veggies or meat, it has specialized structures for obtaining food and eating food. What anatomy changes will your creature evolve to help it find food? Will your creature change its diet, if so, why?

Brainstorming Idea
Locomotion

Animals need to be able to get from place to place to find shelter, food, and friends. Depending on where they live, they can develop structures to help them get around. How will your creatures’ body change to help it move through this new environment? Will its limbs get longer or shorter? Will it have wings, fins or a tail? 

 

Brainstorming Idea
Camouflage

Camouflage is an adaptation that allows animals to blend in with their environment. This is useful when hiding from predators or hunting for food. What physical color or pattern will your creature have? Will it camouflage in its new environment? Why or why not?

Brainstorming Idea
Temperature

Temperature regulation is vital to an animal’s survival. How will your creature adapt to higher temperatures? Will its structures change to need less insulation? Or will it need more protection from the hot sun? Be sure to consider if your animal is warm or cold blooded. 

Digital Tools

Take your photos to the next level by using photo editing tools.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students Per Team

Approach

Use editing tools to put the final touches on your photo.

Material

Computer, Internet
Native Tools

Microsoft Photo offers free, basic photo/video editing software for PC users.

iPhoto is free for Mac users and is a powerful beginner photo editing tool.

Google photos has simple photo editing capabilities and is free for Android or iOS users.

WeVideo is a cloud-based photo/video editor that is included in the Creative Apps bundle for Chromebooks which may have been pre-purchased by a school with their chromebooks.

Build & Iterate

It’s illustration time! Use the iterative nature of the Engineering Design Process to create final illustrations of your creature. Document your illustration, write your text description and submit.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students per Team

Approach

Illustrate and Improve your creature. Submit your entry.

Material

Your choice

Educator tools

 
 
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