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The Virtual Roach

Course, Subject

Biology/Living Environment, Math, Science & Technology

Grade Levels

Commencement, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


Orkin, Inc. has more than 100 years of experience in essential pest control services and is a leader in the pest control industry. The company specializes in protection against termite damage, rodents and insects.


The Virtual Roach is a web resource focused on insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and an instructional tool by Orkin Pest Control. The interface for the system links morphological terms with an extensive image archive, including scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs, and photomicrographs. Images are linked in a manner permitting a detailed examination and virtual dissection of the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana).

The Virtual Roach can function as a freestanding technical reference, a tutorial module, an interactive bench-top guide, a pre-lab introduction, or a post-lab review tool. Because the extensive collection of colorful images and text are also available for quick reference from an index of direct links, the program can serve as a powerful visual aid to augment lecture-format instruction as well.


The Virtual Roach

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