Bugscope

Session 2005-047 with Canyon Middle School

Application

The School

School Name Canyon Middle School
School Homepage http://teachertech.rice.edu/Participants/lee/
Location New Braunfels Texas, USA
Community Rural
Type Public

The Class

Subjects Taught 8th Grade Science
Grades Taught 8th
Number of Students 160

The Project

Project Title What is West Nile Virus? How is it transmitted?
Insects To Study Mosquito
Project Description In our Texas Watch Project, students learn about the chemistry of the water they drink and enjoy. Two water test kits are used to analyze drinking and stream water. The Earth Force-Green water test kit is used for drinking water from their homes and tested on a weekly basis. Data from students drinking water is submitted to Earth Force-Green web site and a GIS map is plotted showing areas tested. South Texas State University, Texas Watch water test kit is for use in the field. Each site will be photographed, data colleted, biodiversity noted, macroinvertabrates cataloged. The water quality data will be submitted to the Texas Watch website for analysis with other Texas Watch groups. Students construct CISD website with links to their work, photographs of the areas, maps being used, local updates about testing and encouraging others to join us. This year we would like to include BugScope by collecting and photographing the sample of mosquitos from our test sites using the electron microscope. We are trying to determine if the mosquito population is the type that carries West Nile Virus. Our plan is to discuss the the photos with BugScope scientists while photographing. This is done in the chat section of the Bugscope project. Over all, we want to increase the awareness of the population of mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus in our community. Thank you, Judy Lee Canyon Middle School New Braunfels, Texas

Miscellaneous

Where did you hear about Bugscope? I am a vet of BugScope. Just Love it!

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