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With your help, we can get this innovative curriculum into the hands of middle and high school STEM teachers and empower students to make informed public health decisions and to see themselves in public health careers!

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The CDC NERD Academy is an innovative and standards-based curriculum that covers basic concepts in public health and epidemiology. Student activities reference a fictional novel emerging respiratory disease (NERD) that are based on real scientific data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic. STEM educators and partners can share this educational curriculum to inspire middle and high school students, to help them make more informed public health decisions for themselves and their communities, and to open doors to public health careers.

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  • CDC NERD Academy includes an 8-module, standards-based STEM curriculum that uses engaging videos and STEM classroom activities centered around a fictional novel emerging respiratory disease (or NERD for short). Each module includes a STEM lesson plan, an educational video for students, an activity demonstration video for teachers, and a career spotlight poster. Modules can be downloaded and used sequentially in a comprehensive series, reordered, or used as standalone lessons.
  • Designed as a collaboration between STEM teachers and CDC public health experts, the CDC NERD Academy curriculum modules are age-appropriate and use relatable scenarios. The curriculum can enrich classroom engagement and help empower your students to make informed public health decisions for themselves and their communities and to see themselves in public health careers.
  • Public health is an innovative way to teach STEM knowledge and skills. Each module has been carefully aligned with the National Health Education Standards and Next Generation Science Standards practices and cross-cutting educational concepts to fit into most classroom curricula. The modules use real-world examples that build upon student curiosity in public health issues while teaching them foundational science, math, and critical thinking skills.
  • STEM teachers and other educators are the key to inspiring middle and high school students to pursue STEM careers, including those in public health. To support these efforts, the CDC NERD Academy curriculum brings to life diverse characters, each highlighting specific jobs in public health, using videos and scenario-based STEM activities that middle and high school students can relate to.
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Looking for a STEM curriculum that helps students answer critical public health questions like, “What exactly is a pandemic?”, “How does disease spread?”, “Who is at risk?”, or “Why do laboratory testing?” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation present CDC NERD Academy—a middle and high school public health curriculum that covers eight basic concepts in public health and epidemiology using a fictional novel emerging respiratory disease, or NERD for short. While NERD is fictional, it is based on real, scientific data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designed as a collaboration between STEM teachers and CDC public health experts, the curriculum modules are age-appropriate and use relatable scenarios that will keep students engaged while learning about public health and its many career opportunities. Each module has been carefully aligned with the National Health Education Standards and Next Generation Science Standards practices and cross-cutting educational concepts to fit into most classroom curricula. The modules use real-world examples that build upon student curiosity while teaching them foundational science and math skills. If teachers do not have enough room to teach all eight topics, they can choose any of the standalone modules to complement existing curriculum.

The CDC NERD Academy curriculum features:

  • STEM lesson plans for teachers including detailed instructions and student handouts with answer keys.
  • Educational videos for students to present the science content necessary to answer each question while activating student learning using a whiteboard animation style.
  • Activity demonstration videos for teachers to illustrate how to prepare for and teach the activities in the classroom.
  • Career spotlight posters that bring to life relatable and diverse characters, each highlighting specific jobs in public health, such as epidemiologist, public health nurse, or health communication specialist.

This curriculum empowers your students to make informed public health decisions and to see themselves in public health careers!

To learn more about CDC NERD Academy and to start using it today, visit www.cdc.gov/scienceambassador/nerdacademy.

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Are you a STEM educator looking to enrich your classroom with public health? The @CDC, in collaboration with @CDCFoundation, present CDC NERD Academy, an innovative public health curriculum for middle and high school students! STEM teachers can help students answer key public health questions and see themselves in public health careers. Learn more and start using it today: https://bit.ly/CDCNERDAcademy


Calling all middle and high school STEM educators! Are you looking to teach public health in your classroom? Using real-world public health examples in the classroom encourages students to practice foundational science and math skills while empowering students to see themselves in public health careers! The @CDC introduces NERD Academy, an innovative, standards-based STEM curriculum. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDCNERDAcademy

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Calling #STEM educators! @CDCgov presents NERD Academy! Teach students about epidemiology and what it takes to investigate and solve the nation’s #PublicHealth threats. You can inspire our youth to make a difference in public health. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDCNERDAcademy


#STEM educators: Inspire your students to influence the future of #PublicHealth. Start today by using @CDCgov NERD Academy curriculum to teach the basics of #epi with real COVID-19 data & highlight public health #career paths. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDCNERDAcademy

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Middle and high school #STEM educators can teach #epidemiology and #PublicHealth concepts with @Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s NERD Academy curriculum! The 8-module series covers pandemics, disease spread, lab testing, and other topics using a mix of educational videos, critical thinking activities, and public health experts representing #STEMCareer paths. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDCNERDAcademy #CDCSTEM

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Looking for a #STEM curriculum that help students answer critical #PublicHealth questions? @CDCgov, in collaboration with @CDCfound, presents NERD Academy! This curriculum helps #STEM teachers bring public health into their middle and high school classrooms. Teach students how to investigate and solve public health threats while inspiring them to seek STEM #careers in public health. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDCNERDAcademy #CDCSTEM


Middle & high school #STEM educators can help inspire students to see themselves in public health career & influence the future of #PublicHealth. @CDCgov introduces NERD Academy! NERD is an innovative curriculum designed to cover basics of #epidemiology & introduce public health as a STEM #career. Learn more and start using it today: https://bit.ly/CDCNERDAcademy #CDCSTEM