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

FREE Teacher Training Opportunity for middle teachers at schools

in the San Gabriel Valley

2022 Synchronous workshop:

Wednesday, July 20 (10am - 3pm) on Zoom and

Thursday, July 21 (9am - 4pm) Hands-on Lab

Project duration: Implement program at your middle school between July 22 - November 30

Where: Zoom and In-person lab at Cal Poly Pomona

 Cost: FREE

* 3 upper division university credits offered through Cal Poly Pomona

 

Registration deadline: Wednesday, July 6, 2022

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Sign Up by Wednesday, July 6th

 

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.

 

Topics covered during teacher training

  1. Mosquito biology, surveillance strategies, mosquito source reduction, and bite prevention strategies

  2. Link between mosquitoes, vector-borne disease, and climate change

  3. How to facilitate our citizen science mosquito surveillance program with your middle school students

  4. Student use of microscopes to analyze field data collected and data reporting

Professional Development Credit

Three Cal Poly Pomona units offered for free at the completion of the course.

Training Breakdown

Day 1 (Synchronous): Zoom

Guest Speakers: 

  • Jason Farned- Interim SGVMVCD District Manager

  • Kenn Fujioka, Ph.D.- Retired SGVMVCD District Manager

  • Steve Vetrone- GLAMVCD Director of Scientific-Technical Services

  • Tracey McNamara, DVM, DACVP- Western University Professor of Pathology​

Topics:

  • Importance of vector control to public health

  • Connection between climate change and vector-borne disease

  • Vector-borne disease cycles in the San Gabriel Valley

  • Emerging diseases and vector/pathogens of concern

Day 2 (Synchronous): Hands-on Lab (Cal Poly Pomona)

Guest Speaker: 

  • James Campbell- SGVMVCD Assistant Vector Ecologist

Topics:

  • 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): July 22 - November 30

  • Develop instructional plan

  • Implementation of program with middle school students

    • Total project time for students is approximately 4 weeks

      • Week 1: Water sample collection (at home)

      • Week 2 - 3: Set out a lure once a week, for two weeks (at home)

      • Week 4: Analyze results (as a class)

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

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Links and Resources

Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. overview

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Contact

EcoHealth Vector Education Program

San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control Agency

(626) 214-0726

SGVMVCD services: Alhambra, 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