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26 Mar 2021

VAI offers free project to educate students on vaccinations

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As teachers continue to press forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that we equip our students with the knowledge and resources they need to stay informed. To that end, Van Andel Institute for Education (VAI) has created VacciNation — a new virtual Blue Apple project designed to teach students about the science and history of vaccines.

VacciNation will help students unwrap the mystery of vaccines and explore how they’ve helped humanity fight back against countless deadly diseases. The goal is for students to take what they’ve learned and make a positive impact in their communities.

VacciNation is five unique, inquiry-based lessons for teachers to utilize. Through a series of engaging activities that include captivating games, students are given a crash course on vaccines that will stretch their curiosity and critical thinking skills. Each lesson and activity will help convey how vaccines help our bodies fight disease.

After the project is completed, students will have the opportunity to share what they’ve learned and how it could help make the world a better place. Ultimately, the objective is to provide students with knowledge so they can help prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.

“I hope that VacciNation empowers teachers and students to learn about this incredibly relevant topic — and maybe even to have a positive influence as our world fights against the COVID pandemic,” said Ben Talsma, VacciNation co-creator and a Learning Solutions Specialist with VAI.

VacciNation is free to download and can be used in a virtual, blended or in-person environment. Each download includes complete lesson plans, curated online resources and connections to content standards.

Discover more about VacciNation and project-based learning by visiting blueappleteacher.org. To learn about the mission of Van Andel Institute for Education, or browse our Student Programs, visit vaei.org.