Webinar—Bzzzt: How Your Visitors Can Participate in the Mosquito Global Experiment

Informational Session on How Your Institution Can Join
Global Citizen Science Component of the
2017 International Science Center and Science Museum Day

Click here to watch the webinar recording.

In 2017, the International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) will again feature a Global Experiment—a collaborative citizen science project conducted by the visitors, members, and neighbors of science centers and museums around the world, demonstrating the collective reach of all our institutions’ audiences globally.

This year’s Global Experiment will focus on mosquitoes in a united effort to advance understanding about how they spread diseases like Zika fever—and will also empower people to help stop their spread. (Last year, as part of the first ISCSMD, people at institutions across the globe snapped photos of their local cloud cover, providing scientists with valuable images and data they are using in ongoing climate change research.)

Institutional participation in this high-profile, joint, multinational citizen science project will be even simpler this year and will provide you with a chance to involve thousands of people directly in global efforts to fight many diseases.

It will also be easy for individuals in your community to participate. Just by downloading the Mosquito Habitat Mapper app, almost anyone with a smart mobile device can contribute to the data gathering project. Citizen scientists can use the app to identify potential breeding sites, sample and count larvae, identify species, and eliminate breeding areas through simple steps such as kicking standing water out of tires.

ASTC offered two informational webinars on June 6 and 7 with two senior NASA/GLOBE education specialists, Betsy Boger and Dorian Janney. They were designed for you to learn more about how your science center or museum can participate in the Global Experiment and how you can empower your visitors to help stop the spread of mosquito borne diseases.

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You can see Boger and Janney discuss several items that will be useful in talking with visitors about the science surrounding the world’s deadliest animal, the diseases they spread, and mosquito eradication, including

  • what the different types of mosquitoes are
  • what their life cycles are
  • how they spread different diseases
  • why we need to monitor mosquitoes
  • how to protect yourself from bites
  • how satellites help to identify potential mosquito borne disease outbreaks
  • why scientists are interested in environmental data, including precipitation, soil moisture, vegetation types, and surface temperature
  • how individual citizens can help.

In the recorded webinar, you’ll also find out about the code to use with your visitors so that their observations and data will be counted with the contributions of all the other people participating though all the other science centers and museums around the world.

Additional resources discussed in the webinar are downloadable here