Simpocalypse for High School: Biology/Engineering

In this project, you'll learn how, in broad strokes, modelling tools like Simpocalypse can be used to help make decisions about public policy problems, like the COVID-19 pandemic. You probably won't come up with the next genius disease containment idea or anything, but you will learn how the people who do that kind of thing need to put together such diverse fields as biology, sociology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science to try and make effective public health policy.

The Standards

This project is designed to address Michigan Science Standards HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-3, and HS-ETS1-4, as well as ISTE Students standards 1c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b,4c, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 6c, 6d, 7b, and 7c. For more information, you can read our standards summary document, Michigan's standards document, and the ISTE's standards page.

The Rubric

You can see the rubric that your teacher will use to grade your project here.

The Project

Over the next five weeks, we should be pretty busy. You'll be learning about the biology of infectious diseases in general and SARS-CoV-2 in particular, figuring out how to use Simpocalypse, and most importantly creating your Simpocalypse models so you can make proposals based on them.

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