Our science communication is composed of in-school and public interactive activities, an informational session, infographic posters, and handouts.
In our school, International Community School of Bangkok, we hosted a simulation to teach our peers and underclassmen the threat of infectious diseases and the importance of protecting your body.
The simulation demonstrated the exponential rate that infectious diseases spread. In the simulation, everyone received a cup that represented their body fluids. All cups were filled with milk except for one ‘infected’ cup, which had flour and water. During each round, the participants exchanged fluids. After three rounds, we dropped iodine into every cup. The cups with flour reacted with iodine and turned purple, signifying that the participant had been infected.
At the end of the simulation, the participants were surprised at the amount of infections and had difficulty pinpointing the first infected cup. The simulation was to teach how, after a few days of people infecting each other, it is extremely difficult to find the source of infection. It also teaches the importance of keeping clean.
In addition to the simulation, we hosted a presentation crash course on bacterial infections to briefly educate our peers. The crash course focused on covering some methods of transmission of the infectious diseases and ways to prevent yourself and those around you from contracting them. At the end, we introduced our project and answered questions people had. This event saw over 30 participants, and we hope to continue setting up events for our local community to inform them on how to be careful as to not be infected, especially during this global COVID-19 pandemic.
POSTERS AND PAMPHLETS
In addition to our in-school activities, we also set up multiple posters and handed out pamphlets in our school and in the public to spread awareness about infectious diseases and ways to protect your body.