image of covid19 virus
Science
Health/PE
Math
STEM
Grades
9-12

Slow the Spread

How can we design an app that will help people in our community slow the spread of COVID-19?

Project Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex challenge that has changed the way we live. In this project, students use a human-centered design process to develop an app that helps people to slow the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. Students analyze data about the spread of COVID-19; learn about interventions such as contact tracing, social distancing, and testing; and interview potential app users. They develop and iterate paper prototypes of their apps and create an app pitch that integrates their understanding of public health, the mathematics of viral spread, and human-centered design.

Note: If you are a Massachusetts teacher planning to implement this project in Fall, 2020, please join us for the 2020 STEM Week Challenge.