Vaccine Distribution Challenge

Consider the complexities of infrastructure, public health and sociocultural landscapes in designing a solution to distribute a life-saving vaccine. Each team of students will develop and present plans that target the needs and constraints of a different community around the globe.

Lesson Plan

Student Booklets


Design Problem: Your pharmaceutical company has helped develop and ship 200,000 vaccines for measles to [your city]. Now your team needs to come up with a plan for vaccine distribution.

Grade Levels: 7-12

Duration: Four sessions (60 minutes each)

Concepts/Skills: Public health, brainstorming, problem-solving, communication, systems thinking

Objectives: Students will ... 

  • Identify a specific problem within the complex vaccine distribution needs of a city.
  • Create solutions that address the needs of their city.
  • Refine their solution based on feedback from another team.
  • Present their ideas to communicate the need addressed, their solution and the impact.