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Understanding: STEM Perspectives

These presentations explore the nature and effects of COVID-19 through the STEM disciplines.

Essential Question
Are viruses living or non-living?

Watching the news, you might have heard that COVID-19 “kills”, “infects”, “spreads”, etc., which seems to indicate that the virus is a living organism. Is it? In this workshop, we are going to talk about what are some common characteristics of living beings, and how viruses fit in with those criteria.

To Do

  1. Watch the 10-minute video detailing the characteristics that all living things share with a focus on how viruses fit those criteria.
  2. Answer the main question yourself: “Are viruses living or nonliving, and why?”


Day 1: Tuesday, April 21

09:45 - 10:45
Opening Plenary: What Is COVID-19?

11:30 - 12:30
Understanding: STEM Perspectives

Stories of Survival

14:00 - 15:00
Understanding: Arts and Humanities Perspectives

Day 2: Wednesday, April 22

09:30 - 10:30
Overview and Plenary Session

10:30 - 11:15
Synthesis and Application: Guests

11:45 - 12:30
Synthesis and Application: King’s Academy Faculty

13:30 - 14:15
Closing Plenary

Closing Notes and Charge