About the Class:
This workshop is a 90 minutes Zoom class. On the first day, students will learn about bacteria and fungi. On the second day, students will learn about parasites and viruses. While talking about each type of pathogen, background information and some of the major diseases caused by it will be covered.
Students will be taught the material through an interactive presentation during the first 25 minutes followed by a self-paced quiz-like game on the website www.quizizz.com. Students should have this website open in a web browser before the session begins so they can easily access it when it is time to play. Students simply need to enter the game pin that will appear on the screen, and enter a nickname to join the game, so there is no need to create an account beforehand. It will be easier to manage if students use a computer so that they can easily switch between Zoom and the web browser. If they do not use a computer to join (if they use a tablet or smartphone) it is recommended that they have another device available nearby so that they can join the game using the other device. Post the game completion for the first topic, students will have a 10-minute break before the second topic of the day.
About the Teacher:
Vedanti Bhargava is a 10th grader at Lexington High School, and has a great interest in biology. She has been participating in the Science Bowl competition since 6th grade, qualifying for the national competition in 2017 and 2018. She has also participated in the Science Olympiad competition, and won 3rd place in the Designer Genes event at the 2020 invitationals. She also greatly enjoys teaching younger kids and is a tutor at the Kumon Learning Center in Lexington. In her free time, she enjoys playing the flute and playing tennis.