Lifebox STEAM for education

From the beginning the lifebox project has been thought to be an interactive project for educational purposes. The objective is to mix programming with elements of recreational biology, so that attendees can understand basic concepts of biology while having fun modifying the behavior of different species in the simulator.

Since the main objective is educational, the source code of the entire project is freely available on GitHub:

In this video, you can see 6 minutes of Lifebox simulation with a balanced set of parameters.

Lifebox with dynamic intensity of each species individual.

Lifebox instructions

Lifebox is a virtual ecosystem. Inside the LifeBox you can find two species, and both species have a set of parameters that defines how they can evolve inside the virtual ecosystem. You can change each parameter of each species individually.

Every species need to gather energy from the green mana to grow, reproduce and survive. This mana also has a set of parameters that defines its behavior inside the LifeBox ecosystem.

The goal of the project is to learn the basic concepts of biology through the experimentation, viewing the consequences of your actions and trying to find the way to balance the ecosystem changing the parameters of the LifeBox species and mana.

The green ‘mana’ parameters

LIFE: Life expectancy of species individuals. High values are better.

REPRODUCTION: Reproduction capability of species individuals. High values are better.

GENERATION: Energy generation of green species individuals. High values are better.

The species parameters

LIFE: Life expectancy of species individuals. High values are better.

REPRODUCTION: Reproduction capability of species individuals. High values are better.

EFFICIENCY: Energy consumption of species individuals. Low values are better.

GATHERING: Energy gathering of species individuals from green species individuals. High values are better.

Mobile webapp to control Lifebox parameters

Lifebox Covid-19 presentation

Here you have a brief educational presentation about Covid-19 behaviour through Lifebox simulation:

Lifebox