Ticks and Other Vectors
The ticks and other vectors of disease module can be completed in any high school environmental science class. The students will complete four different activities. The first activity will teach them to use dichotomous keys and to identify vectors. The following two activities will introduce students to the process of DNA extraction from ticks followed by analysis of the tick DNA via agarose gel electrophoresis. The final activity reveals how pathogens are transferred and diseases are transmitted.
|Module Activity Overview||Estimated Class Time|
|Arthropod and Insect ID||1 (45 min) class|
|Tick DNA Extraction||1 (45 min) class|
|Vectors||1 (45 min) class|
|Are Deer Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease?||1 (45 min) class|
Last updated: 3/10/2015