April 29, 2019
Fourteen Johnson & Johnson volunteer employees and nine additional volunteers traveled to Muhuru Bay, Kenya at the end of March to implement sections of the "Smithsonian Science for Global Goals" Mosquito! curriculum with 180 high school-aged girls at the WISER School. The girls put their STEM skills to work in the study of one of the most pressing health issues facing their communities: malaria and its relation to mosquito biology. In preparation for the visit, WISER girls grew and evaluated mosquito larvae for weeks in order to have hands-on specimens for the workshop with J&J volunteers. With the help of a curriculum crafted by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, the J&J team led WISER students through a series of modules that let students learn about mosquito biology in a hands-on way. The volunteer group was led by Carrie Arndt, Sarah Jannsch, Shari Zarkoob, and Dierdre O'Flynn. SSEC's Katherine Blanchard, Andre Radloff, and Fernando Gouveia helped prepare the Mosquito! content for the two-week volunteer visit.