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Zombie Apocalypse: Subject Matter To Enhance STEM Program In University of Maine Machias [Video]


University of Maine Machias' Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM conducted a program for 8th through 12th graders. The event's theme was Zombie Apocalypse. The event's aim is to invite kids to have an overview regarding emergency management, how to respond to emergency situations, and share with them survival tips, according to Wabi TV.

This program is the first of many in the new Teen Science Cafe series that focuses on educating students. Attendees of the event mastered survival skills that they can apply in emergency situations under the watchful eye of some hungry zombies.

Some of the skills taught involved first aid, how to build makeshaft houses, how to filter water, and how to send messages when there are no working phones available. Scenarios involving fake emergency broadcast with real emergency services were conducted. This aims to simulate students in familiarizing on what to do during emergency situations.

Organizers hope that by attaching an event with the theme of zombie apocalypse, kids will be able to relate with the activity.

Origins of Zombie Apocalypse

Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Schlozman is the brains of the original STEM Behind Hollywood TI-NspireTM activity, "Zombie Apocalypse", and its sequel," Zombie Apocalypse II: The Humans Strike Back." He shared his expertise with educators regarding zombies through The Science & Entertainment Exchange.

The most recent STEM Behind Hollywood program motivates learners to broaden their knowledge in chemistry and life sciences principles, to design experiments, to learn titration, predict results, and test their hypotheses, according to website of Texas Instrument.

Zombie Apocalypse II: The Humans Strike Back 

This latest sequel of Zombie Apocalypse provides students an opportunity to perceive STEM careers in biology and chemistry. Students are trained on how to model processes that real-life scientists and researchers find cures and vaccines for various diseases.

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