Schools' Research Project: Modelling the spread of disease
Four secondary schools in the UK are working with a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge on a research project which will contribute to our understanding of how diseases spread in a population.
This project follows on from a successful project run in the school years 2007-08 and 2008-09, in which students contributed to research on the mixing patterns of primary school children. Link to resources developed during this project.
Between November 2011 and July 2012, Year 9 (13-14 year-old) students will find out about how diseases are transmitted, and will investigate simple epidemiology models. They will pilot and carry out a survey to collect data on the movement patterns of school-age children, and will analyse their data to see how it helps researchers build up better models.
The research team and the students will meet mainly by videoconference, plus a visit from the research team to each school during the analysis phase.
- King James's School, Knaresborough
- Rushey Mead School, Leicester
- Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, Marlow
- Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City
- Teacher briefing: 22 November 2011, 3.45pm
- VC1: December 7, 2011, 10.15am
- VC2: February 10, 10.15am
- VC3: March 23, 10.15am
- VC4: May 8, 10.15am
- VC5: June 27, 10.15am
- Summary and slides for VC1: 3 slides per page, 6 slides per page, powerpoint version
- Pilot survey - follow-up task to VC1
- Other simple models for epidemic spread
- VC slides (ppt)
- Spatial Epidemic (pdf, ppt)
- Presentations and surveys from VC2
- Forum to keep in touch with each other and with us
- Notes on what to do
- Template letter to use in contacting primary schools
- Template letter requesting permission for secondary student researchers to take part
- Template letter requesting permission for primary or secondary students to complete the questionnaire