Pigeon Genetics Utah Game




Color Genetics In Pigeons

7-12 Interactives - Fun, educational, online games geared towards seventh through 12th grade students. This game, with 26 pigeon-breeding puzzles of increasing complexity, helps students learn about mechanisms of inheritance, and it brings together often disconnected concepts from Mendelian inheritance and molecular genetics.

Dec 12, 2014
Pacific Northwest

Learn Genetics Pigeon


Pigeon Genetics Game

I'm officially aged out of 4H now but still very close to my 4H pigeon group and will be training to be a youth leader when I get the chance. Our local fair just passed and the judge loved the kid's knowledge but said they could use some work on genetics and colour knowledge.
Thats where I come in. I totally nerd out on genetics and have been the group's 'genetic guru' of sorts, so after the judge came through the kids came flocking to me. Thankfully there was a lot of birds there at the fair that were nice to use as real life examples but I'm bad with words... and not the best with kids sometimes, I noticed that I kinda failed to explain some things and I'm not sure how to explain it to them.
One of the main questions was, while I was explaining, whats dominant/recessive? I kind of blanked cause to me that was more basic knowledge. How would you explain it? Should I try to make a more physical example/game for them to see?
I was going to recommend them to this absolutly amazing game, https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/pigeons/pigeonetics/ but some of the kids don't have a lot of access to computers, and ideally I'd like to be there to help explain some things to the younger kids and I don't have a lap top haha
Pigeons got a fun thing called sex-linked genes as well and I found myself stumbling over my words each time I tried to explain it to them too, cause its one thing knowing that (ex.) ash red will cover blue, but it's another to try and explain in just words or on paper that for each colour theres two 'slots' but the females only have one, but only for some? ahaha, I'd love some recommendations on maybe some easier ways to explain genetics for kids, it's been awhile since I've been in biology...