Active Time
1-2 hours
Total Project Time
1-2 hours
Key Concepts
Programming, disease transmission, social distancing

Introduction

Do you keep hearing phrases like "social distancing" and "flatten the curve" in the news? What do they mean? Why are they important? In this activity, you will use the kid-friendly programming language Scratch to write a simulation that uses bouncing dots to represent healthy and sick people. The simulation will show how we can take measures to slow the spread of a transmissable disease like COVID-19.

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Computer with internet access

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Active Time
1-2 hours
Total Project Time
1-2 hours
Key Concepts
Programming, disease transmission, social distancing
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