Engaging Creswell Middle School students in citizen science to prevent and control the spread of the Zika Virus in north Nashville

As part of the Citizen Science Project to prevent and control the spread of Zika Virus in North Nashville sixty Creswell Middle School students along with the school principal, librarian, and teachers mapped mosquito breeding sites in the outside environment around the school on March 13th, 2017.

In addition to community mapping, this program included classroom didactic teaching about Zika virus and mosquito breeding, a lecture by a Metro Nashville Public Health professional, and a poster contest.

Through using Mappler Mobile smart phone app, students and teachers mapped standing water hazards as potential (hot spot) breeding grounds for mosquitos.   After mapping, students shared their experience and the lessons they learned at the school’s library. After the project many of the students stated that they knew more about Zika virus, mosquito breeding sites and the impact garbage and abandoned soda cans and cups could have on potential mosquito breeding sites.

The study efforts and outcomes of the community mapping will be provided as a year-end report to schools, elected officials, and  public health departments and professionals.

*** This project is being conducted in collaboration with the Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry, the National Community Mapping Institute, the Meharry School of Medicine, the Meharry librarian, Metro Nashville Libraries, and officials from the Metro Nashville Health Department.