September 22, 2010Guiding Question: What multiple persepectives and ethics must we consider when evaluating toxins in our environment?Objectives: TLW investigate the origin of health hazards through data.Activities and Discussions:Multiple Perspectives: A Data-based conversation - groups demonstate a "lunch room conversation" with data as a driving factor.10 Americans - Video
- Do you get the exact same results each time? How do the results compare to each other and to your prediction? What factors might contribute to susceptibility to the disease?
If the contagion rate is calculated as the number of new cases per day per total population, what would the average contagion rate be for Kold?
- What could be done to prevent the spread of disease in a low population density? What kinds of challenges would high population density present to these precautions?
If contagion rate is calculated as the number of new cases per day per total population, what would the average contagion rate be for Kold?
- Notice that Impfluenza, unlike Kold, has a death rate. How many people die, on average, when you run the simulator on the virgin field?
- How does a death toll change precautionary factors? What kinds of precautions might you take with Impfluenza that you might not have taken with Kold?
Would you consider Impfluenza's death toll to warrant a "state of emergency"? How high would the numbers have to be for this to happen?
- Can you think of any environmental factors that might contribute to the spread of the disease? How would a counter-virus affect these environmental factors and/or the environmental factors affect it?
- Can counter-viruses be used to fight disease internationally or would they be most effective at a local level? What could health officials do to insure that the highest number of those at risk around the globe are receiving the most effective preventative health care possible?
Pedagogy: groups analyze the evening’s activities – Pedagogical Strategies and Inquiry Methods