M is for Mosquitoes and Me students share their learning
The Urban Ecosystem Project (a supporting program of the ISU 4U Promise) held a public presentation on Saturday, September 24th at the Forest Avenue Library in Des Moines. Four young scientists who attended the Mosquitoes and Me summer camp this past July shared what they had learned about mosquitoes. They also explained the role that mosquitoes play in the ecosystem and how to prevent mosquitoes in their own neighborhood.
For the elementary education majors in the Urban Ecosystem Project who also attended, it was a chance to better understand the neighborhood where ISU 4U Promise students live and see the results of ambitious science teaching. These students have elected to take a special course titled Teaching and Learning with Insects. After observing the young scientists' presentations, Jana Teed, a future teacher remarked, “I was impressed with how the students explained their learning experience from Mosquitoes and Me as more active, hands-on, and not focused on 'grades.' This made me realize how important ambitious science teaching really is! I want to provide these learning opportunities for my future students."
During the public presentation in September several of the parents mentioned they’d like to learn more about mosquitoes, so the Urban Ecosystem Project held another event for students and their families. On Saturday, November 5th, at Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM), Dr. Katherine Richardson Bruna, with project co-investigator Dr. Lyric Bartholomay, and visiting advisory board member Dr. Janet Hecsh led ambitious science lessons for parents modeled on those their students experienced during the summer camp.
The Urban Ecosystem Project seeks to encourage ISU 4U Promise students to pursue science interests, prepare elementary education majors to teach science in ways that all students learn, and engage in public health education around the topic of mosquitoes.