Three animated videos on the STARDUST MYSTERY YouTube Channel and the videos and short stories online at TheStardustMystery.com/the-coronavirus/present a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about genetics, DNA, RNA, messenger RNA, viruses, mRNA vaccines, cell biology, and, considering the virus variants, evolution and “survival of the fittest.” These resources were created in the Stardust Mystery Project funded in part by the National Science Foundation.
The Cosmic Kids use their time, space, and size change travel ship to follow the COVID-19 Coronavirus and an mRNA vaccine in a human body to see how they capture our cell’s ability to produce proteins from RNA and messenger RNA (mRNA).
The three YouTube videos are:
These three videos and 14 other science videos are companions to The Race to the Big Bang award-winning illustrated science adventure book. The story takes place during the pandemic and its young characters cope with the disruption to their lives. The book includes nonfiction science stories about planet Earth, the Solar System, the Universe, the Big Bang, the Covid-19 coronavirus, and the mRNA vaccines.
The Race to the Big Bang book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Its prequel, The Stardust Mystery, is also available on Amazonand Barnes & Noble.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus JIGSAW LEARNING PAGE with 8 short stories, videos, and a lesson plan with student questions is available along with three other pages on our website at https://thestardustmystery.com on the Educators tab.
These are the four JIGSAW LEARNING PAGES:
· Stardust (atoms): https://thestardustmystery.com/all-about-stardust-atoms/
· The History of Earth: https://thestardustmystery.com/history-of-earth/
· Our Place in The Universe: https://thestardustmystery.com/our-place-in-the-universe/
· The COVID-19 Coronavirus: https://thestardustmystery.com/the-coronavirus/
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