Alice in Typhoidland

Delve beneath Victorian Oxford’s dreaming spires and idyllic River Thames, and discover the murky underside of the city and the battle to rid it of typhoid.

Both Alice in Typhoidland and The Tragic Tale of Mary Mallon were submitted to the SCINEMA 2021 International Science Film Festival and were selected to feature in our Animation, the Body and School categories. The filmmaker has kindly allowed us to continue to show these films beyond the festival. Watch it below and download the accompanying educational resource for fun activities to use with your students.

Video Length: 5:00 / 4:54 mins

Alice in Typhoidland

The Tragic Tale of Mary Mallon

Film Description

Alice in Typhoidland: Delve beneath Victorian Oxford’s dreaming spires and idyllic River Thames, and discover the murky underside of the city and the battle to rid it of typhoid.

The Tragic Tale of Mary Mallon: The most (in)famous healthy carrier of typhoid fever through foodborne transmission was Mary Mallon who became known as ‘Typhoid Mary’.

Lesson Inspiration

These short films describe the spread, causes and prevention of typhoid. It is often thought of as a historical disease however it still exists today. Many of our learnings from researching typhoid are applied when trying to understand current viruses like flu and COVID-19.

Useful when:

Teaching students how scientific understanding changes and is refined over time. It demonstrates how this understanding influences the actions of society.

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Year: 8

Topics:

Biological Sciences – Cells, The Body

Additional – Literacy, Information and Communication Technology, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding.

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Form and Function

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the Southern Hemisphere! The 2021 festival is now over but we have permission for some of the films and their associated educational resources to use with your students.

Each resource is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and contains hands-on activities for your students. Designed to engage and inspire, these resources demonstrate STEM careers and skills to your students, encouraging them to be curious thinkers, problem-solvers and contributing citizens within society.