Resources for Students and Teachers
Often students and teachers contact VTPP for help with writing papers, building class presentations, assisting with development of course materials, locating references, campus visits, and locating Virginia Tech services and other resources. We have very similar needs for our own writing, teaching, and research activities. We have created several tools to make our lives easier in this regard and offer these tools to you. Although we link the tools in several other places on this website, we wanted to link them again on this special page for students and teachers. Good luck with your search and thank you for your interest in our website and Virginia Tech.
Resources Available Through Virginia Cooperative Extension (VTPP)
- Our newest tool to help students and teachers understand entomology and pest management is the Hokie Bugfest. This event occurs in the fall of the year and targets K-12 and teachers. For more details, see HOKIEBUGFEST.ORG.
- One of our tools is a keyword searchable database of important
web-based pesticide resources. Each reference in the database includes
a brief description of its content or purpose. This database is called: PESTICIDELINKS.ORG
- We receive a number of similar requests from the public in our work. We have listed these requests in our "Frequently Asked Questions" page. Here is the link to that database:"FAQ."
- We have always had a hard time finding royalty free images relating
to pesticides for use in our work. So we created our own searchable
pesticide-related images. We offer that resource to you as: PESTICIDEPICS.ORG
- We have developed a number of crossword and wordsearch puzzles that we use as teaching tools. You are welcome to use these to teach with or to learn about pesticides and pesticide safety. Our policy for their use is stated at the bottom of the crossword puzzle page.
We also want to point you to several very well done resources that our colleagues and partners have put together. These include the following:
- Pesticide - (the word) as defined by Encyclopedia.com.
- Sci4Kids - a series of interactive stories based on research projects featured in "Agricultural Research", the monthly publication of the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, and other news items.
- Environmental Kids Club - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website for kids (ages 5-12). Explore the environment and learn about what can be done to protect it.
- Student Center - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website for students. Site targets all students and is an excellent site for students who would like to learn more about protecting the environment.
- Teacher Center - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website for teachers. An excellent site for teachers who teach environmental education.
- Kids Pages - U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences kids pages. Targets kids of all ages.
- Rachel Carson: A Scientist Alerts Public to the Hazards of Pesticides - Case Study by the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science at Case Western Reserve University.
- Our colleagues at Penn State University's Pesticide Education Program have an excellent set of resources for youth in the form of games, puzzles, and word searches. These can be found on the: Penn State Pesticide Education Youth Page.
- Youth in Agriculture is a service of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). "According to the
Safety Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation.
Each year, more than 2 million youth under the age
of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards.
As a result, a significant number of young people
are killed, injured or permanently disabled on
farms in the United States. This eTool describes common
agricultural hazards and offers potential safety solutions
that both employers and young workers can utilize
to prevent accidents and avoid injury on the job." (quoted from OSHA website)