Students used data and resources from public health organizations, such as the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, to prepare for the OO event.
During the event, students played along with a facsimile of a disease epidemic on Kehoe-France’s campus. Some students’ iPads became “infected” with a disease that gave them certain “symptoms” and prevented them from going about their afternoon routines. Other students were able to complete their investigations as epidemiologists unaffected by the disease. Students learned how easily citizens, particularly those in underdeveloped countries, contract potentially life-threatening diseases every day.
A special thanks to Dr. Todd Brown of the Inspire Project and Operation Outbreak, and Dr. Pardis Sabeti and Dr. Andres Colubri of Harvard Labs, who will use our data to help the CDC learn more about disease prevention.