National Pest Management Association Supports Science Education with Online ContestNPMA Staff
Monday, August 30, 2010
educational children's website developed by the National Pest
Management Association (NPMA), will hold its second annual national
competition for students (grades 4 through 8) to win $3,000 for one
lucky school's science department. The contest challenges teachers
and their students to create educational Public Service
Announcements (PSAs) that highlight the health and property risks
posed by household pests such as rodents, ants, termites, cockroaches and stinging
Using the Pest PSA lesson plan
available on PestWorldForKids.org, teachers can assign students the
task of creating :30 or :60 second television PSAs. The contest
begins September 7, 2010 and will officially close at 11:59 p.m.
EST on December 23, 2010. Entries must be submitted by teachers
through the entries
page on PestWorldForKids.org or sent via U.S. postal mail.
"Last year, we were blown away by the talent and creativity
portrayed in the PSAs that we received," says Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA. "We are excited to again
offer students the chance to learn about pests, while using their
creativity to explore an important educational topic."
Five finalists will win "bragging rights" as a top performing
school in the Pest PSA Contest, and will have their entries
publicly posted to PestWorldForKids.org. One school will be
recognized as the grand prize winner and will receive a $3,000
award for their school's science department.
Last year's winner was Red Bank Middle School in Red Bank N.J.,
which won the grand prize for their entry titled 'Club Roach'.
PestWorldForKids.org is an entertaining, educational website
developed for students in grades K through 8. The site features a
pest glossary, pest guide, downloadable factsheets, report writing
center, science fair projects, lesson plans and games designed to
teach children about insects and rodents in their natural habitats,
and the health and property risks posed by pests once they find
their way into the home.
For contest rules and details, and to view last year's winning
entries, visit www.PestWorldForKids.org.
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