CowGames — A Simulation Tool for Animal Sciences

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Point of Contact: Rose M. Marra at marrar@missouri.edu
CowGames is a beef cattle breeding simulation designed for use in undergraduate Animal Breeding and Genetics courses. It is designed to illustrate long-term breeding principles and effects; something that takes years in real life. The simulation features several production relevant traits as well as current genetic technologies that allows students to select, breed, evaluate and market virtual animals. The simulation was tested this past fall in courses at Mizzou and Michigan State University. Dr. Marra is working with PhD student Maria Haag to study the effect of different types of scaffolding within the simulation to support learning.