A “net-work” of students against the Tiger Mosquito and others IMS

In the frame of Environmental Education the prevention and health promotion intents on involving the citizens in general and the students in particular, is one of the aim of the Public Health Departments.

This Project has been conceived to enable the achievement of a target of students and teachers to start a cooperation in the territory with the aim to sensitize them and their families on the subject of the surveillance and the mosquito control.
The Project also aims to inform people about the effects of their habits on biology, behaviour and related health risks due to the mosquitoes spread.
To involve the students allows collecting information and data of the mosquito species in the Educational Project area.
Due to the experimental nature of the Project, this first edition is useful to test it and to organize the suitable future developments.

To develop the Project has been realized a specific kit containing the materials for the “budding entomologist” to conduct two activities: the monitoring of the Aedes albopictus eggs, using  ovitraps and wood strips and the collection of the mosquito larvae using a white pan, test tubes and plastic pipettes. Informative leaflets from the local and the Life CONOPS communication campaign and a flyer with instructions on how to use the kit complete the list of materials distributed to the students.
As educational material have been used two assessment questionnaires, one before and one at the end of the Project.

The first edition involved 11 classes for an amount of 273 students from two different high schools in Cesena (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) Liceo Scientifico “A. Righi” and Istituto Agrario “Garibaldi/Da Vinci” and 6 representative teachers of the schools staff.

The Project is organized in three steps.
The first step is in the classroom and consists in an educational path with specialists (entomologists, biologists and specialists involved in the mosquito’s field) to explore biology and ecology of mosquitoes and to highlight the relevance of the surveillance and the risks of IMS introduction related with human activities and climatic changes.
The second step is in the school garden or in the surroundings, to identify and recognize the suitable sites for the development of the mosquito‘s larvae and to collect the samples to analyze together in the laboratory with the help of the Project staff.
The third step is the summer work: the Investigation in the own garden or in the surroundings; the students become the “detectives” of the environment near their houses.

At the conclusion of the Project a release and a data dissemination will be hold with meetings with the families and other students to share and promote the experience.
Moreover will be provided scientific papers and a database with information from the local territory.
Further details will be updated on the web sites www.zanzaratigreonline.it and www.conops.gr

You can see photos from the implementation of the project below.

A great experience to learn about mosquitoes!!