North Shore STEAM Class

Elementary Students Become Epidemiologists

North Shore Elementary School students across the grade levels in Mr. Ryan Bridgwood’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) classes recently became microbiologists and epidemiologists while exploring how bacteria may spread. 

‚ÄčIn this relevant, highly engaging, and hands-on exploration, students were given a special hand lotion used to train health professionals on proper aseptic techniques (e.g., such as hand washing). By simulating germs, this special hand solution allowed students to see how easily bacteria can spread through touch and see how much work is needed to properly wash your hands. Mr. Bridgwood walked around his class shining a blue light on the hands of each of his students so that they could visibly see an “orange color” representing the “potential germs”. He then asked his students to wash their hands with soap and warm water.

As the lesson concluded, the students got to experiment with simulations used to model the spread of disease, learning how varying levels of disease prevention could result in less spread of disease. Please see this video that Mr. Bridgwood made and presented to his classes to assist with his STEAM lesson at

Mr. Bridgwood concluded by saying, “The students not only learned about germs and how they can spread, but also how they can help prevent the spread of germs through good personal hygiene.”

Article written with assistance from Ryan Bridgwood, Elementary STEAM teacher
Photos by Shelly Newman