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.
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.
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CC2; DP5, DP6