Mortal Kombat - An Epidemic Simulation

Kimia Seyedmadani
Grade Level: 
National Science Education Standards: 
Content Standard A (Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry; understandings about scientific inquiry) Content Standard C (Populations and ecosystems) Content Standard F (Personal health; populations, resources, and environments; risks and benefits; science and technology in society) Content Standard G (Science as a human endeavor; nature of science)
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
7th Grade Strand 1: Concept 1: POs 1,3 Concept 2: PO 5 Concept 3: POs 1-7 Concept 4: POs 1-3,5 Strand 2: Concept 1: PO 3 Concept 2: POs 1-3 Strand 3: Concept 2: POs 1,2 Strand 4: Concept 3: POs 3,4 8th Grade Strand 1: Concept 1: POs 1-3 Concept 2: POs 2,3,5 Concept 3: 1,2,4-6,8 Concept 4: POs 1-3,5 Strand 2: Concept 1: PO 3 Concept 2: POs 3-4 Strand 3: Concept 2: POs 1,2 Strand 4: Concept 4: POs 2-4
This lesson focuses on implementing “the yellow dot epidemic” by Franbach, which is designed to replicate a real time distribution of an epidemic thought a class. In this lesson not only the simulated virus “Cyrax” distribution will be model also “Sub-Zero” designed medication effect on the disease is also under the study. One of the concepts that 8th grade science students will study is mutation. In this lesson mutation version of the Cyrax also will be distributed. Direction on distribution of diseases, medicine and mutation trends were determined via epidemiological mathematical models and prediction methods used by Center for Disease Control (Appendix A). This study allowed exploring information on human- to human transmitted diseases such as flu and E-coli. It is important to look at the actual and perceived risk factors and costs between infected and susceptible individual. This background information and simulations will allow student to gain awareness about those outbreaks.
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