Understanding COVID-19: for Teens!

April 20, 2021 10:00 am
April 21, 2021 3:00 pm
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About The Event:
“Understanding COVID-19” is a free, two-day virtual course where high school students can learn about the current COVID-19 pandemic from the experts.
April 20 & 21, 10 am – 3 pm EST

All teens are welcome! Participate in lectures led by professors and scientists from Harvard, MIT, and Yale; learn about COVID from doctors and patients; and dive into public policy exercises with the experts who developed Massachusetts’s COVID-19 response.

Interested in becoming a scientist, grad student, doctor, or science journalist? Ask them questions at our career panel, where STEM professionals will explain what they do, how they got there, and answer questions with their best advice.

Interested? Register below. You can also watch this welcome video from the Harvard and MIT students organizing the course.

Have a question? We love questions! Please email yours to Marissa Ferrara at
  • What are the education requirements?
    Any high school student, from anywhere, is welcome to join. It’s helpful, but not required, to have taken a year of biology first.
  • What do I need?
    The entire 2-day course is free and open to any high school student. You will need an internet- capable device (tablet, laptop, phone) and access to the internet. Please contact Marissa Ferrara at with any concerns.
  • Who is running the course?
    Your lead teachers are Bruce Walker, MD, Director of the Ragon Institute, and Zuri Sullivan, PhD, Harvard postdoctoral fellow and scientist.

    Interesting note! Dr. Zuri Sullivan took a similar class with Dr. Walker when she was in high school, and it inspired her education and career path! Now she's teaching this class for YOU!
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Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a madcap celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

For the 2021 Festival, we will host a month-long celebration of STEAM in our community with an overarching theme of gratitude and appreciation. During the month of April 2021, we will showcase creative digital and virtual entries from our rich STEAM community.

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