Happy Science Education Day! We hope you and your students take some time this week to discuss important contributions towards the development of science education. Thank YOU for all you do to help your students learn critical science skills!
Here are some resources to help propel your students’ science education!
PBS Learning Media
Science resources at your fingertips! Use the sort function to find videos, interactive lessons, and lesson plans that you can use in your classroom.
New Scientist Newsletter
Enhance the topics you discuss in class. Sign up for their weekly newsletters and themed newsletters on health, climate, and other science topics.
April 28 - May 1: City Nature Challenge
Join this international effort to represent your city’s plants and wildlife. Which city will prevail with the most observations of nature, the most species, or engage the most people?
Mosquito Intelligence Academy in Action!
A big thanks to the schools we visited last month. Students engaged in friendly competition as they played Mosquito Jeopardy and improved their overall mosquito knowledge.
Mosquito and Vector Control Conference
Our education specialists practice what they preach- ongoing science education. They were excited to further develop their knowledge of vectors and vector-borne disease.
Image of our Education Specialists at the Disneyland Hotel for the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California’s annual conference.
Their main takeaways from the statewide event…
Carol Anne (left): Researchers have developed a number of exciting innovations in ecologically safe mosquito control which allow vector control to circumvent the age-old problem of resistance (adaptation to pesticides) in populations of dangerous species of mosquitoes. Stay tuned for more information on that in the next year or so.
Kriztian (right): Climate change is going to make our mosquito problems worse. New technologies are being developed to use mosquitoes in the fight against mosquitoes and the spread of mosquito-borne diseases!
Truth or Myth?
There are technological advances that can sterilize mosquitoes.
This is TRUE! According to the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California, “New methods to control invasive Aedes, such as Sterile Insect Techniques, are needed more than ever to protect the health and well-being of Californians. Invasive Aedes mosquitoes are not from California, so they don’t have a place in our natural ecosystem. Reducing or controlling these mosquitoes will not harm insect-eating animals that are native to California.” For more information on new control methods, visit the MVCAC’s Innovative Technology webpage.
Submit your own mosquito or mosquito-borne disease related question!
We will answer submitted questions in future newsletters!