Achoo! Modeling the Spread of the Flu
School: LOS ALAMOS MID
Area of Science: Epidemiology
Proposal: The flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease. The World Health Organization is warning that yet another deadly flu pandemic is imminent. Even simple models can provide insight to help guide public health policies. The goal of this project is to develop a simple computer program to model the spread of the flu in a contained environment (such as a school), and then to use that model to examine the effects of different parameters on the evolution of the epidemic.
I will use StarLogo to model my school. This year I plan to focus on making my model as accurate as possible, which will include researching and incorporating reference information about the flu, as well as data regarding school and class sizes. From my previous work, I know that modeling student-to-student interactions is important, and I plan to focus on this aspect of the model.
Sponsoring Teacher: Jessie Gac
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