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Education Specialist assisting teacher with microscope adaptor

Scope Out with Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D.

FREE Professional Development Opportunity for middle teachers at schools in the San Gabriel Valley

NOT A MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER but interested in professional development? Complete the "Interest Survey" below by clicking on the blue button and we will contact you.

Project duration: Implement Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. at your school between August - November. Students participation runs for approximately 3 weeks.

*Access to microscopes is required for analysis activities

Where: At your specified location or at our lab in West Covina

 Cost: FREE

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Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. Teacher Training

About Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D.

Populations of invasive Aedes mosquitoes were detected in the San Gabriel Valley in 2011. These mosquitoes are capable of transmitting dengue, yellow fever, Zika and other dangerous pathogens. Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. (Growth Reduction, Increased Detection) mobilizes middle school students to get mosquitoes off the grid. Participants will use an industry-standard surveillance tool (an oviposition lure) to determine the presence or absence of Aedes mosquitoes on their property. Students analyze their lure data at school and submit the results to our public health agency.

Training Breakdown

Topics covered during professional development:

  • Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. Overview

  • Aedes 101, Source Reduction, Bite Prevention

  • Science behind G.R.I.D. techniques

  • Sample collection and analysis

  • Preparing for facilitation

Project implementation date range (Asynchronous): August - November

  • Develop instructional plan

  • Implementation of program with middle school students

    • Total project time for students is approximately 3 weeks

      • Week 1: Water sample collection (at home)

      • Week 2: Set out a lure (at home)

      • Week 3: Analyze results (as a class)

  • Classroom microscopes are necessary for analysis of mosquito egg papers and water analysis


Next Generation Science Standards addressed include:

  • Grade 6 MS-LS1.B,

  • Grade 7 MS-LS2.A,

  • Grade 8 MS-LS4.B and 4.C

Student setting Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. lure


EcoHealth Vector Education Program

San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control Agency

(626) 214-0726

SGVMVCD services: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Claremont, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Industry, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monterey Park, Monrovia, Pasadena, Pomona, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Temple City, West Covina and Walnut

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