Mosquito, Don’t Bite Me!
School: Melrose High
Area of Science: Biology/Epidemics
Interim: Problem Definition
West Nile is very important to our community, especially since one of our team members has a brother that caught it. West Nile causes fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, back pain, skin rash, swollen lymph glands, eye pain, stiff neck, disorientation, coma, tremors, lack of coordination, convulsions, pain, partial paralysis, or sudden muscle weakness. We have seen the devastation the virus brings to the person and family involved, and decided to make it our project.
Our team plans to learn more about the West Nile Virus. We plan on finding how it spreads and how to control it better. We hope to see about how many mosquitoes get the virus in a year with average rainfall.
We will find the lifespan of a mosquito and how hard it is for mosquitoes and people to get the virus. We plan on finding how far mosquitoes can travel, which will help us determine how to control the spread. We are using NetLogo to model and solve the problem at hand. Our program will model an area with houses and water sources varying in size according to rainfall. Water is important to mosquitoes, as their life cycle depends on it. The variables that can change will be the amount of rainfall, lake size, and starting number of mosquitoes, number of houses, and the number of people. It will model and determine the number of mosquitoes affected and the number of people affected. Our model will include ways for people to control mosquitoes, such as bug sprays, and insecticides.
Progress to Date
So far, we have quite a bit of code done in NetLogo. We have made a landscape with houses, lakes, and variable amounts of rainfall, and can add mosquitoes to move around it.
We will research over Christmas break to find the lifespan, how far mosquitoes travel, and how hard it is for people and mosquitoes to get West Nile. We will use this information to finish our program to study the spread of the disease.
We want to find how the West Nile Virus gets in the mosquitoes and how to control it. We also want to find the lifespan of mosquitoes and how far they can travel. We hope our programming can help people determine ways to prevent the spread.
Team Members: Cailey Payne, Mackenzie Perkins, Destiny Sanchez
Sponsoring Teacher: Alan Daugherty
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