The grade 8 students are enthusiastic, typical middle school students who love the chance to learn with hands-on projects that help make real-world connections. All students will have an opportunity to participate in STEM class as a core class in grade 8, meeting for 90 days of the school year.
Designed as a second math/science class, incorporating STEM disciplines, the students are fortunate to have access to curriculum that will help foster critical thinking and problem-solving in a fun and creative class.
Our Young Engineers Club members will use the Engineering Design Process to design an antiviral to stop a newly discovered virus from infecting a model cell.
Students will learn and experience with hands-on activities how scientists, doctors, and engineers are working together to create antivirals that are designed to stop viruses.
Within the activities in the kit, students will learn how to sharpen 21st century skills like critical thinking, teamwork, and communication. This activity provides an opportunity to explore how diseases can spread, engineer an antiviral for a contagious virus, create public service announcements to inform the public, and consider what steps they should take to prevent an outbreak from becoming a pandemic.
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