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AP Human Geography Students at SMA Investigate the Mysteries of History

Students in AP Human Geography at STEM donned their best Sherlock Holmes caps and investigated the mysterious 1850s London cholera outbreak. Transforming into epidemiologists, students utilized the same methodologies as epidemiologist John Snow (no, not that John Snow!) to uncover why cholera spread rapidly through London.

Students “interviewed” victims, neighbors, and family in trying to determine the source of the outbreak. The theories came quickly, ranging from bad meat from the butcher to horrible air quality brought on by the industrial revolution. In the end, STEM epidemiologists determined that the outbreak originated at the location of a single public water pump. Thankfully, the handle was removed from the pump and the epidemic was brought to an end!

Students enjoyed investigating the mystery and look forward to even more Human Geography activities.

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