Unit 2 Project: Science Meets Real Life
Professor Eugene de Silva Ph. D., FRSA
October 5, 2012
Science Meets Real Life
Based on the data provided, I believe the common reason for the absences are the combined band events between the two schools. According to the school calendars, there is a consistent pattern of an increase in absences every time the school bands participate together.
Below are two testable hypotheses on how a determination can be made of who is the cause of the absences:
Hypotheses #1: Based on the information provided from the graphs, school calendars and parent interviews there is a viral epidemic within four schools and a determination of where it started or who is the “carrier” needs to be established. If we are able to track locations and dates of all band events where most students became sick after being exposed to, to consistently create a pattern within days of exposure to particular places than this would provide evidence of what school is the “carrier.” Per advice of the County Health Service Department we must track individual symptoms of stomachaches, headaches and diarrhea; to include longevity of the symptoms along with whether the child required medical attention and/or prescriptions verses letting the symptoms run its course. Based on concrete evidence we could then determine if the epidemic is indeed a virus that has been contracted due to exposure from other students at band events spreading bacteria and/or parasites to the digestive tract, which would explain the cause of the increase in absences during the month of May after a specific band participates with other bands.
Hypothesis 2: Based on the results from the graphs and school calendars; it is believed that Jackson Middle School is the “carrier” of a viral epidemic. A consistent pattern has been established that every time Jackson Middle School visits other schools there is an increase in absences at the...