From Typhoid Mary to COVID-19: Pursuing an Understanding of Disease Transmission and Tracking Through Integrative STEM
The exploration of the intersection of science and technology at the turn of the 20th century through present times is examined in this session by beginning with the case study of Typhoid Mary and ending with how Integrative STEM has impacted all areas of COVID-19
Participants use the radio function of the MICROBITs, a computer program called infection models to examine how contagious diseases are spread across a population.
After considering how Typhoid was tracked at the time Mary Mallon was an asymptomatic cook, participants first try the simulation without any "vaccinated" participants. Then, participants come up with a method(s) for preventing the radio signal from teaching their MICROBIT and participate in the scenario a second time. Data is collected each round and participants solve which one was patient zero.
Takeaways: Engage in a simulation that integrates technology (micro:bits), historical studies, and sense making activities around a current event topic.
Susan German (Hallsville Middle School: Hallsville, MO), G. Michael Bowen (Mount Saint Vincent University: Halifax, NS), Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA), Bev DeVore-Wedding (Adams State University: Alamosa, CO)
Presenter Materials for this Session:
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From Typhoid Mary to COVID-19.pptx.pdf