STEM Education Keeps Zombies at Bay
Recently the CDC issued a public health checklist that succinctly describes what to do in the event of a zombie attack. Don't believe us? Here's the link. From a public service standpoint, people should now be fairly ready for what to expect. A young student in Virginia is bringing STEM education learning processes to the subject. Should there be a (yes) zombie invasion, Akira Snowden queries, will we be ready for it?
The camp is a part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Adventure program sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. Primarily for students in third through twelfth grades, the 11 sessions are designed to be a fun way to learn STEM topics.
Says Nancy Combs, the K-12 STEM Academic Program Coordinator at the Institute:
“STEM education is fun. And it is hands on. That is important. When it is hands-on it usually means it turns their minds on.”
So what do we need to know in order to better understand -- and avoid -- zombies? Learnings around DNA show how a disease, like “zombification,” infects a person. The students will later study self-sufficiency topics like filtering water and windmill power since these things would be crucial post-zombie apocalypse. While dead people do not walk the Earth (yet), the subject matter is still useful, especially for students interested in science.
Snowden, who wants to study to be a veterinarian, puts it well:
“I originally wanted to go to the biology camp because I heard they get to cut up a frog,” said Akira Snowden. “But my mom wanted me in this one instead. But I like it too.”
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