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From Asymptomatics to Zombies: Visualization-Based Education of Disease Modeling for Children

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Daniel ArchambaultORCiD



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© 2023 Owner/Author. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, visualizations became commonplace in public communications to help people make sense of the world and the reasons behind government-imposed restrictions. Though the adult population were the main target of these messages, children were affected by restrictions through not being able to see friends and virtual schooling. However, through these daily models and visualizations, the pandemic response provided a way for children to understand what data scientists really do and provided new routes for engagement with STEM subjects. In this paper, we describe the development of an interactive and accessible visualization tool to be used in workshops for children to explain computational modeling of diseases, in particular COVID-19. We detail our design decisions based on approaches evidenced to be effective and engaging such as unplugged activities and interactivity. We share reflections and learnings from delivering these workshops to 140 children and assess their effectiveness.

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Author(s): McNeill G, Sondag M, Powell S, Asplin P, Turkay C, Moller F, Archambault D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI '23: Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2023

Pages: Article no.: 839

Online publication date: 19/04/2023

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 13/03/2024

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3544548.3581573

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ISBN: 9781450394215