The Battle Against Mosquitoes Just Got a Secret Weapon

​The #BatesMosquito Education Project

The Entomological Foundation is helping Ms. O’Connor, Ms. Grimail, and Ms. Miller at the Wiley H. Bates Middle School fight mosquitoes in their neighborhood.

Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals on the planet. Throughout human history they have killed more people than any other organism. But they have a weakness — education. And that’s where the teachers and kids at Bates come in.

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The #BatesMosquito residing in the school cafeteria until it can be installed outdoors in the spring.

Bates Science and Art teachers worked with the Entomological Foundation, the ESA Eastern Branch, and a museum fabrication company, Plan A, to create an integrated mosquito education campaign that will have a meaningful impact on mosquito populations around their school. The project includes:

  • An 8-foot mosquito sculpture built out of concrete, steel rebar, and recyclable trash collected from the nearby community by the students — trash that otherwise would be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Lesson plans that teach the middle school kids about mosquito biology and their life cycle – how they feed and breed, grow, and adapt to a changing environment.
  • A neighborhood clean-up initiative that empowers kids to take charge of taking back their neighborhood from trash by showing them that debris provides a ready breeding ground for mosquitoes and other public health risks.
  • Long-term sustainability proposals that will enable this concept to be adapted for other schools across the nation.

The Entomological Foundation helped kick start the funding for this project through spearheading a Kickstarter campaign that brought in over $5,000 to help fund the Bates Mosquito. A total of 72 donors were instrumental in making the project a reality, including:

  • Patron donors ($500+): Entomological Foundation, Faith Kuehn, Jon Sagers, Ernest “Del” Delfosse
  • Gold donors ($200-$499): Donna Lingren, Salvatore Porcellini, Don Weber
  • Silver donors ($100-$199): Gary Brewer, Gary Curl, Bernice DeMarco,  Stephen Hight, Amy Korman (BCE), James P. Miller (ACE), Karel Slama, Susan Weller

This was the first project funded by the revitalized Entomological Foundation and served as a catalyst for the shift to become a grant-making organization. The #BatesMosquito will become a permanent art fixture at the school.

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