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COVID-19 Sparks Community Action
This video shows how a group of students, scientists, and volunteers came together to make hand sanitizer and masks for their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2020, the disease COVID-19 swept the world, causing hospitals to become overwhelmed and many people to die. Many scientists redirected their work to protecting people from COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it: SARS-CoV-2. This video follows several science students at the University of California, Berkeley who started a grassroots effort to produce free hand sanitizer and masks for their community. The video explores the science of how hand sanitizer and masks reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and highlights the importance of collaboration in both science and society.
An audio descriptive version of the film is available via our media player.
The “Educator Materials” document includes background information and implementation suggestions. The “Student Worksheet” incorporates concepts and information from the video.
Student Learning Targets
- Explain how hand sanitizer destroys viruses like SARS-CoV-2.
- Explain how wearing masks reduces the spread of viruses like SARS-CoV-2.
- Identify ways in which scientists and science practices can address the needs of society at large.
- Express the importance of collaboration among scientists and other community members in solving scientific and societal problems.
aerosol, coronavirus, envelope, ethanol, hand sanitizer, lipid, mask, pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), viral transmission
Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
AP Biology (2019)
AP Environmental Science 2020
Common Core (2010)
Vision and Change (2009)
CC2; DP5, DP6