Archive: Transforming Science Learning: Teaching Students the Science of COVID-19: How Can I Protect Myself and Others?, August 26, 2020

As districts develop plans for their 2020-21 school year, science educators will play an important role in educating students about COVID-19 and the underlying science and social science of the pandemic. At the Smithsonian, we hypothesize that students are more likely to engage in protective behaviors if they understand the science of WHY they are being asked to engage in these behaviors (e.g., wearing face masks, physical distancing, contact tracing, sorting through claims and evidence, etc). To that end, the Smithsonian Science Education Center and its collaborators developed a free hands-on guide for youth and their families, available in 25 languages to support English Learners: https://ssec.si.edu/covid-19.

This web seminar will demonstrate some of the practical hands-on activities science educators and caregivers can use with students to help them better understand how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

View the Archive Video

To view the presentation slides from the web seminar and related resources, visit the resource collection. Continue discussing this topic in the community forums.

Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "I enjoyed learning new strategies to teach the students"
  • "I really liked the identity map as a way to learn more about students. I thought the video of how droplets are spread was very helpful to demonstrate the importance of masks."
  • "Love the modules. I will definitely be using them in class. I also really liked the identity map!"
  • "The sequence of lessons helps to give learners an opportunity to engage in activities that help them to understand some of the important heath and safety impacts of Covid-19. I am grateful to have a great lesson sequence to use."

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

For more information contact: webseminars@nsta.org

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

Learn More