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In this online simulation, learners can see adaptation and camouflage in action. At the beginning, green and orange beetles are in green-leaved trees, and birds are more likely to eat the orange beetles. Learners can adjust the production of the nearby power plant turning the leaves more orange. Birds will continue to eat the beetles that are easier to see. This activity is based on the adaptation of the peppered moth during the Industrial Revolution in England. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • computer with online access
  • mouse


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution
      • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • use mouse
  • touch


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • All Rights Reserved, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation


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