Teachers Invited to Workshop on Zika Prevention and Using Insects in the Classroom

Annapolis, MD; August 24, 2016 – School teachers from Florida and other states are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida (Rooms W2224 G&H in the west concourse of the center). STEMbugs, a workshop for primary and secondary school educators, will show teachers how to develop new lesson plans involving the use of insects in the classroom as teaching tools.

Topics will include:

- The biology and behavior of mosquitoes, and what students can do to prevent Zika and other diseases that are transmitted by them.

- How to incorporate insects into lesson plans and curriculums.

- Citizen science projects involving bees and other beneficial pollinators.

STEMbugs attendees will receive:

- A plenary talk on the importance and ease of using insects in the classroom as biological models.

- Participation in two one-hour educational sessions on using insects in the classroom as hands-on learning projects.

- A certificate of attendance that shows four hours of CEU education.

- A boxed lunch with a dynamic speaker on a topic of current national interest with an entomological theme.

- Excellent guidance on taking your "lessons learned" back to the classroom and into the hands of your children.

To register, go to https://entsoc.wufoo.com/forms/stembugs-2016.

For more information, visit http://www.entfdn.org/pr_workshop.html or contact Chris Stelzig at cstelzig@entsoc.org or 301-731-4535, ext 3012.

Spaces are limited to the first 150 participants.

The STEMbugs workshop is sponsored by the Entomological Foundation, which exists to develop the next generation of entomologists by hosting projects and events designed to help educators and parents foster a child's natural curiosity about the world around them. For more information, visit http://www.entfdn.org.

STEMbugs will be held in conjunction with the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, the largest gathering of insect scientists in history. ICE 2016 will be held September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, and will feature thousands of presentations. Topics will include Zika and other arboviruses, citrus greening disease, integrated pest management, science communication, insects as food and feed (entomophagy), arthropod genomics, and many more. For more information about ICE 2016, visit http://ice2016orlando.org.