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The Mosquito Intelligence Academy (M.I.A.) is a K-6 NGSS-aligned boot camp. Students are empowered to take charge of their properties and halt the mosquito invasion.

What teachers are saying about M.I.A.

"This was an excellent experience for my students. I highly recommend it and will be doing so with my colleagues."

-Pomona USD, 4th Grade

"Looking at real mosquitofish, actual mosquito larvae, & insect specimens was so much better than just reading about it in a book."

-El Monte City School District, 1st Grade

"Engaging, hands-on science lesson that promotes awareness about mosquitoes and how to take a proactive approach to prevent illness. The lesson was aligned with science standards and addresses students' learning modalities with realia, visuals, digital devices, and explicit direct lessons by the presenter."

-El Monte City School District, 6th Grade

"Great experience, it's age appropriate, hands on, and engaging for the students."

-Bonita USD, Kinder

Spring: In-Person Visit
Grades K - 3

K - 3
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Presentation

Visits begin with a brief presentation to review mosquito main points that align with the state standard for the particular grade.

 

Then, students rotate through two experiences:

NGSS-aligned Game Play and the Mosquito Discovery Table.

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NGSS-aligned Game Play

Students play NGSS-aligned games based on their grade level. These games reinforce concepts learned in the pre-visit videos.

 

To view the grade-specific videos, click here.

Student using a magnifying glass to look at mosquito specimens.

Mosquito Discovery Table

Students explore the Mosquito Discovery table. They see live mosquitoes in various life stages and under the microscope, inspect prepared slides, and match various insect figurines to their life stages.

Looking for something more hands-off and self-guided for younger students? Check out Little Champions.

Spring: In-Person Visit
Grades 4 - 6

4 - 6

Presentation

Visits begin with a short NGSS-aligned presentation. Students learn about mosquitos, source reduction, and bite prevention. 

Then, students rotate through two experiences: Mosquito Discovery Table and Journey of the Germ (grades 4 & 6) or a water quality game (grade 5). 

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Mosquito Discovery Table

Students explore the Mosquito Discovery table. They see live mosquitoes in various life stages, inspect prepared slides and vials under the microscope, and more.

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Journey of the Germ

Journey of the Germ is an animated and interactive video that details how West Nile virus is spread from host to host by a mosquito. The experience illustrates the surprising difference a few degrees in temperature can make in the spread of West Nile virus.

Video Resources

Video

Grade 1

Take a deep look at the mosquito's body to understand the connection between structure and function.

CA NGSS 1-LS1-1. LS1.A.

Grade 2

Explore biodiversity and humans and discover our role in eliminating mosquito habitat.

CA NGSS 2-LS4-1. LS4.D.

Grade 3

Explore how traits vary, even in mosquitoes and why this makes them so difficult to control.

CA NGSS 3-LS3-1. LS3.A.

Kindergarten

Compare the basic needs of mosquitoes to humans.

 

CA NGSS K-LS1-1. LS1.C.

Grade 4

Take a deep look at the mosquito's body to understand the connection between structure and function.

CA NGSS 4-LS1-1. LS1.A.

Grade 5

Discover the effect of water quality on the ecosystem and how poor water quality is an invitation to mosquitoes.

CA NGSS 5-ESS3-1. ESS3.C.

Grade 6

Uncover the effects of Climate Change on expanding vector populations.

CA NGSS MS-ESS3-3. ESS3.C.

Game Tutorial Videos

Games

Home Defense Allied Support

Explore the effects of using broad-spectrum pesticides on local ecosystems and learn about the importance of "Tipping and Tossing" to keep your property mosquito-free.​

Secret Mission Tip 'n Toss

Practice taking small steps to protect the environment and "Tip 'n Toss" to keep mosquitoes out of your backyard!

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