Discovery Center Education Programs

COVID-19: Science, Vaccines & Variants

This engaging virtual lesson helps students better understand the science behind COVID-19  and attempts to answer important questions young people have about the pandemic. Utilizing video, animated slides, and discussion questions, we’ll talk about variants, and some of the challenges and changes they bring to the world’s pandemic response. We’ll discuss the vaccines, how they work, and how they were developed and wrap with a general student-focused discussion on what we think is needed to end the pandemic across the world.

Grades 4+

This presentation works best if each student is utilizing their own device so we can utilize online polls, the chat feature, and other digital tools. However, we are happy to work with you in whatever classroom setup you are in.

This workshop utilizes animated slides, video, and opportunities for students to choose questions they want to focus on and discuss as a group. The concept is the same for all grades, but will have different focuses and discussions depending on the age of the group.

  • For Grades 4 – 6: We'll learn about the virus that causes COVID-19, the impacts of the pandemic, and some of the tools that help make communities safer.
  • For Grades 7+: will focus on the impacts of COVID-19, how the vaccines work, the evolution of new variants, and how the world’s response continues to adapt. Upper grades (10+) will also evaluate recent scientific data in our discussion and consider the pandemic in the context of cell and evolutionary biology.


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