SAVE THE BATS !!!!
This year students in Mount Arlington fielded a team of 10 to compete in the First Lego League Robotics program. This program combines robotics design with core value and research service projects. The team adopted the White-Nose Syndrome to create a MAPS SAVES A BAT Program.
For the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ANIMAL ALLIES Project, students chose to adopt bats because there has been a devastating loss of the bat population in the United States since 2006 spreading from New York State to all 29 states east of the Mississippi. In fact an estimated loss of 6.7 million bats due to the white-nose fungus has occurred, and its impact on the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases and crop damage is estimated in the billions. The genus and species of the fungus causing the disease has been identified as Pseudogymnoascus destructans. They researched the issue and discovered how scientists have investigated this problem and identified possible solutions to help control the spread of the disease as well as the use of a bacterium, Rhodococcus rhodochrous, to stop the disease. For the program they have created an educational website and information to display at the local library and borough hall including a model bat house. The website can be viewed at the following link: