District Programs & Departments
GLACVCD and Educational Foundation Announced Poster Contest Winner
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District and the Greater Los Angeles Mosquito and Vector Control Public Health Foundation announced fifth-grade student Jeremy Marquez as this year's Bite Back Against Mosquito Attacks Poster Contest winner. Jeremy attends school at Old River Elementary in Downey, California. He won a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and a pizza party for his class. In addition, Jeremy's artwork will be featured on approximately 40 Los Angeles County Metro buses this summer.
Poster Contest Winning Artwork
Left to Right: Teacher Karen Keiss; Winner Jeremy Marquez; Principal Teresa Medina
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District offers FREE science programs to schools within District boundaries
Vector Inspector Program
Students receive hands-on instruction with live specimens and demonstrations by a Vector Control Specialist. The lessons cover mosquito body parts and their function, mosquito life cycle and habitat, the effect of mosquitoes on humans, and how to control mosquitoes.
- A 28-page activity book, "Vector Inspector & the Case of the Most Dangerous Insect on Earth," for each student
- “Vector Inspector” badge/sticker for each student
- A Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans, teaching notes and enrichment activities
- Live mosquito larvae, pupae and adults
- Aquarium with live mosquito-eating fish
Download the "Vector Inspector Teacher's Guide"
Download the "Vector Inspector" student workbook
To schedule a class:
Classes are appropriate for 4th – 8th grades and last approximately one hour. Up to three classes can be scheduled at a school in one day. Please reserve your date one month in advance. Please call LeShawn Simplis at (562) 944-9656 x513 for more information.
Field Trip Program
Bring your students to our District for an exciting, hands-on, scientific learning experience.
Students are guided through hands-on activities by GLACVCD biologists and technicians. They circulate through five learning stations with lessons on the following topics: mosquito biology, mosquito sampling and identification, disease surveillance and prevention, mosquito control methods, breeding source identification, technical equipment operations, and familiarizing students with the importance of insects in our world.
The Field Trip Includes:
· Station One – the Boardroom: Students are introduced to the District’s history and mission, learn the definition of “vector” and watch a short video.
· Station Two – the Laboratory: Students use microscopes to view and discuss the complete life cycle of a mosquito (egg, larva, pupa, adult).
· Station Three – Fish and Traps: Students see biological control in action when live mosquito larvae are added to a tank full of fish. Three mosquito-sampling methods (traps) are demonstrated. The wild bird and sentinel chicken serology program is discussed along with the encephalitis transmission cycle.
· Station Four – Vector Control Vehicles: Vector Control Specialists demonstrate the operational functions of specialized vector control vehicles.
· Station Five- Students are split up into teams and participate in a game called “Source Hunt.” A part of the District is transformed into a backyard set up and teams are asked to locate sources.
To schedule a field trip:
This program is only offered from November 1st through April 30th. Field trips have been limited to four (4) sessions per month due to staffing limitations. The program runs approximately 2½ hours and is open to 4th – 12th grade students. We can accommodate groups of up to 125 people and our facilities are handicap accessible. On-site parking and restrooms are available. Interested parties are advised to book field trips at the beginning of the school year as field trip sessions are limited. Field trip location: Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District headquarters- 12545 Florence Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670. Call LeShawn Simplis for information or to schedule: (562) 944-9656 x513.
The Mobile Education Unit Program (MEU) known as the VECMobile, is first of its kind in the nation aimed at teaching fifth-grade elementary school students about vectors and vector-borne diseases. This unique 35 foot traveling RV classroom makes science come alive for youngsters and is the flagship program of the Greater Los Angeles Mosquito and Vector Control Public Health and Education Foundation.
One 5th grade class, approximately 35 students and one teacher, spend 1½ hours inside the VECMobile and outside in the Exploratorium. Inside, half the class rotates to four different stations and participates in hands-on lessons. Outside, the other half of the class rotates through five stations. After 45 minutes, the two half-classes switch.
The VECMobile Includes:
- Pre-visit materials delivered to the school one month before the visit.
- A “Vector Inspector” activity book for each student
- An extensive VECMobile guide for the teacher including lesson plans, the entire VECMobile curriculum and a list of science, language arts and health standards that apply to the curriculum.
VECMobile activities inside:
- Four teams of students rotate to each station. They are required to follow directions listed on a flip chart and answer questions on a data sheet for each station.
- Station One: students build a large model of a female mosquito
- Station Two: students view the 4 stages of the mosquito life cycle under a microscope
- Station Three: using a computer and CD-ROM, students view how a female mosquito takes a bloodmeal and how she transmits an encephalitis virus
- Station Four: students view three types of fish in a fish tank, study larval behavior and fish morphology, make a hypothesis on which fish will be the best mosquito predator and conduct an experiment to prove their hypothesis.
The Exploratorium activities outside:
- Students learn how to look for and eliminate mosquito-breeding sources. They have the option to eliminate their backyard breeding sources at home, fill out a form and send it back to us. We will send them an award for helping control mosquitoes.
- Students discuss the current vector in the news with a VECMobile instructor.
- Students are taught how honey bees are beneficial to our environment and how to stay safe around stinging insects.
- Students view an insect collection, read clues on identifying types of insects, and fill out an activity sheet identifying the type of each insect in the collection.
- Students match up pictures of insects on their activity sheet to the insects in an exotic insect collection from around the world. They write the country each insect is from under each picture on the activity sheet
To schedule a VECMobile visit, please call Andy Pak or LeShawn Simplis at (562) 944-9656. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reserve your date one year in advance.
Education Program Promotional Flyer 2009-2010
About the Foundation
The Greater Los Angeles Mosquito and Vector Control Public Health and Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in Santa Fe Springs, California, was founded in March 2001 to advance the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District’s elementary education program.
In April 2001, the District received an $80,000 “in-kind” donation of a 35-foot recreational vehicle which was custom designed and retrofitted into a mobile, science-education laboratory. The VecMobile, also known as the Mobile Education Unit (MEU), is the first of its kind in the nation for vector education and community outreach, targeting under-represented, disenfranchised, inner-city youngsters in need of interactive science programs.
The VecMobile is available to fifth graders at all public and private elementary schools within District boundaries and provides safe, educational activities that promote student comprehension and learning.
Make a Contribution
If you or your organization would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Greater Los Angeles Mosquito and Vector Control Public Health and Educational Foundation to support this popular science education program in the schools of Greater Los Angeles County, please contact the Director of Community Affairs, Truc Dever, at 562-944-9656 x510.