Research project for schools -Disease Dynamics

Following on from the success of our Disease Dynamics projects in 2007-08 and 2008-09, we are inviting schools to participate in a new research project, looking at how the movements of school-age children can be used to model the spread of epidemics.  This will be a collaboration between researchers in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge and schools, facilitated by the Millennium Mathematics Project.

The main project will use videoconferences to connect the participating students and the research team, plus a school visit.  But before we get started on the main project, we want to run a preliminary survey during the October half-term break.  This preliminary is a stand-alone part of the research project.  Taking part in this survey is not a pre-requisite for taking part in the main project, nor does doing the initial survey mean you are committing your school to anything more than this one survey.

More details are in the attached document.  If you have further questions, do please get back to us.  We hope that you will at least want to do the initial survey with some of your students.  They can be any age, although younger students with younger brothers and sisters or next-door neighbours would be useful.

We will send out more information about the main project soon after half-term.  In the meantime, we would be grateful if you would:

* ask one or more classes (together with any younger children to whom they have easy access) to complete the initial survey over the October half-term, then return their forms to us by post (address below) or fax (01223 765900, attention Jenny Gage)

* consider whether one of your Y9 or 10 classes might be a possibility for the main research project

* if the answer to that is yes, have a preliminary conversation with senior management and colleagues in the science and geography departments about it

* then get back to us with any questions you would need answered before coming to a final decision.

If you would like to take part, please read the document below which contains information on how to register.