COMAP is excited to team up with Operation Outbreak (OO) at the NCTM National Meeting Oct. 25-27 to conduct large scale simulations of disease outbreaks. OO is a multi-institution initiative primarily based at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Through their free app and anonymous Bluetooth connectivity, people can choose to participate in a simulation of a disease outbreak. On each of three consecutive days, COMAP and OO will unleash different simulated diseases. The different diseases will have different characteristics in terms of infectiousness, death rate, and recovery period.
Participants can look for QR codes for masks, vaccines, and tests, to help contain the outbreak. The COMAP/OO Booth #726 in the Convention Center will be the hub for all the activity including giveaway prizes and even more valuable – information and resources on how to incorporate Operation Outbreak Simulations in your class or school.
For details check here. We’re hoping for up to 800 participants, so please spread the word – if not the disease!
In 2016, a group of middle school students in Florida took part in an interactive lesson about infectious disease outbreaks, exchanging stickers to simulate viral spread. The exercise, designed by their teacher, Todd Brown, in collaboration with Pardis Sabeti, a computational geneticist and an institute member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, has since evolved into a fully immersive experience called Operation Outbreak that uses a Bluetooth-based mobile app to simulate pathogen spread across individual participant phones. More than 50 schools across the country have used the app, along with accompanying lesson plans and a textbook, to run campus-wide outbreak simulations and teach students the science of outbreaks. from a 2022 Broad Institute News Article