Disease dynamics: understanding the spread of diseases

Students may have learnt in science lessons about how infectious diseases spread, but may not have considered the dynamics of their spread, and how maths can be used for such analysis. As such, these resources from NRICH provide a cross-curricular activity set, and may be used by STEM Ambassadors in conjunction with science departments.

The activities included in this collection vary from small group activities to those which can be done by the whole class together. They can be mixed and matched accordingly, depending on the requirements of the class, and what prior knowledge they may have.

Most of the resources do not require anything more than the slides included, and some paper for the students to do their workings on. One activity requires chess boards and two different coloured counters, and one activity requires dice.


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