National Pest Management Association Announces Science Competition WinnersNPMA Staff
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has announced
the winners in its second annual Pest PSA Contest, a national
science and technology competition for students. The competition is
hosted on NPMA's educational children's web site, PestWorldForKids.org and for the second time in
as many years, Red
Bank Middle School has won the top prize of a $3,000 grant in
support of science education for its entry, "Mosquitoes Bite." The
runner up in the contest was an entry entitled, "Got Termites?"
from Lakewood Christian Schools in Long Beach,
To enter, teachers and students in grades four through eight
created Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that would inform the
public about the threats common pests, such as rodents, ants, termites, cockroaches, stinging insects and
ticks can pose to public health and property.
"The goal of this contest is to help children to be aware of
risks certain bugs and animals can pose when they come in contact
with humans and their homes, thus, becoming pests. It's a fun
project that allows students to exercise their knowledge and
creativity in the classroom," said Missy Henriksen, vice president
of public affairs for NPMA. "All the wonderful entries we received
showed that students understand the important role pest control has
in protecting public health and property."
All entries were judged on criteria including originality and
creativity, adherence to creative assignment, health messaging, and
overall appeal. The top five finalists' entries can be viewed at www.PestWorldForKids.org.
PestWorldForKids.org is a free, entertaining
and educational web site developed by NPMA for students and
teachers in grades K through 8. The sites features a pest glossary,
a comprehensive pest guide, downloadable fact sheets and project
PDFs, a report writing center, science fair projects and teacher
lesson plans and games.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and