Simpocalypse for Middle School: Science

In this project, you'll be researching infectious diseases, and using what you learn along with your imagination and creativity to invent your own imaginary disease in Simpocalypse. You'll use your disease model to propose and test mitigation strategies, present your work to the rest of your class, and then finally pick one group's disease and societal response to refine and improve. You'll need to put together concepts from a lot of different subjects: biology, engineering, computer science, creative and technical writing, and more. Let's get started.

The Standards

This project is designed to meet Michigan's MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, and MS-ETS1-4 science standards, Michigan's CTE ST 2.2 standard, and several of the ELA Core Standards in science and technical subjects. It also meets many of the ISTE's Student standards. 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

You'll have a lot to do in the next four weeks. Not only do you need to learn how to use Simpocalypse, but you'll also have to do your research, use your creativity to write a good story of your disease, and create a Simpocalypse model you can use to support your proposals for disease mitigation.

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