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GLOBE Observer: Mosquito Habitat Mapper

Main Project Information
Presented By NASA
Goal Reduce risk of vector borne disease in your community.
Task Locate, photograph and decommission mosquito breeding sites.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Kids around the world use mobile devices to hunt and collect virtual reality monsters for fun, but what if this energy could be directed at finding and identifying actual “monsters”- the mosquitoes that serve as vectors for disease? That is our thinking in creating the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper (GO Mosquito) app. You will locate and map locations of breeding sites, and get points for decommissioning container habitats so that mosquito larvae don’t develop into adult disease vectors. Besides promoting the collection of critical data for use by scientists and health officials, GO Mosquito fosters understanding of the importance of personal action in reducing the local risk of vector-borne disease.

Project Timing Three weeks before your local mosquito season and weekly during mosquito season.
Social Media
Expenses $10
Android App URL
Materials List Microscope for smart device such as your phone, tablet or iPad, Nylon style bulb syringe, White styrofoam plate and ziploc style sandwich baggie, Universal Phone Microscope
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, On a lunch break, In snow or rain, At sports stadiums
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Tags app, girl scouts, globe, mosquitos, nasa, nasa go, west nile virus, zika
Project Updated 05/16/2018