Each year scientists discover two new mosquito-transmitted viruses worldwide that infect humans.Mosquitoes and pathogens can expand their ranges due to global trade, human travel, and warming climates. Dengue (“breakbone fever”) cases occur regularly in Florida and Texas. Chikungunya (“that which contorts”) – a virus endemic in Africa and Asia – first emerged in the Western Hemisphere last winter, spread rapidly through the Caribbean and surfaced in southern states. The same mosquito species - Aedes aeqypti and Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) - transmit both diseases.
We invite grade 7-12 science educators to teach standards-based STEM curriculum mini-units in the classroom. Yale Peabody Museum and Connecticut teachers designed modular units about climate’s effect on the spread of emerging insect-borne diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus, chikungunya and malaria. How does an infectious disease establish itself in a new environment? Does climate change play a role? Could chikungunya be the next major insect-borne disease epidemic in the US?
Lessons address middle and high school life science standards:
Benefits for teachers : (NOTE Track 1 vs. Track 2 levels of participation)
This program is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health. SEPA projects immerse students in science practices; increase science literacy and numeracy; and encourage biomedical careers and partnerships between scientists and educators. Click here to apply (deadline: March 31, 2015).