There are ten learning modules with “Challenges” for high school students (grades 9-12) to complete that cover these important issues relating to the pandemic:
- COVID-19 Pandemic – What is it and what makes it unique?
- Know Your Sources – How can you think critically about the information you consume?
- Testing - What are the different types and why is it important?
- Treatment – What is the science behind treatments that work and don’t work?
- Social Isolation – How are we managing isolation, quarantine, and loneliness?
- The Virus – What is the science of the virus?
- Prevention – What steps can we take?
- Contact Tracing – How does this work and why is it important?
- Vaccine – What is the science in developing a vaccine?
The Public Health System – What is it and how does it serve people?
Each module is introduced by the story of three high school students who are facing the pandemic in personal ways. June, Tash, and Ray learn about challenges we all face in the COVID pandemic.
Modules are divided into challenges with readings, videos, questions for discussion, and dynamic activities for students to complete that are designed to meet Connecticut State Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The tool can be used in-person or on-line for teachers to deploy challenges to their students. Most importantly, each module asks students to consider the topic through the lens of equity and justice. How are we managing the pandemic for our most vulnerable and what can we do about it?
In addition, each module features the impactful work of Yale researchers, physicians, and community members as they take on COVID-19. Also included are “Professional Opportunities” which highlight specific professions students may want to pursue.