Nevaeh Michael knew mosquito bites itch. And she knew they can make you sick.
Source: Mosquitoes 101; Third-graders learn about insects, diseases they can carry | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/mosquitoes-101-third-graders-learn-about-insects-diseases-they-can-carry).
Accessed on 13 September 2016, 16:25 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Kirsten Johnson.
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Thanks to the efforts of retired scientist Van Eden, students at Pahoa Elementary School are learning about mosquitoes and how to reduce their numbers through vector control and do-it-yourself mosquito traps.
Nicholas Francisco, a Kamehameha Schools teacher who participates in Kamehameha’s Kealapono program, says students “are learning about native and non-native species as part of their regular program.” The study of mosquitoes is incorporated into an integrated science and writing program at the school.
In 2015 students studied albizia trees and their impact on native ohia forests, with students writing letters to state legislators about the problems associated with the invasive tree.
Francisco says retired experts such as Van Eden can inspire even third graders to become scientists and “serving the community.” Eden tells reporter Kirsten Johnson that “As a culture, we need to modify our behaviors so that it’s not cool to leave a bucket of water in the yard…and that cultural shift starts with the kids…twenty years from now, they will be the culture and hopefully they will have learned.”
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