Grade schoolers train to be DNA detectives

April 30, 2012  |   |  Comments
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Grade schoolers participate in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources popular Gene-ius Day workshops.

The Biotechnology Outreach Program of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is offering a special Saturday version of its popular Gene-ius Day workshop to children on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi, grades 1 through 6.

The workshop offers fun hands-on activities for children (and accompanying parents) to learn about DNA, genetics, molecular structure and the function of genes and other biological functions. Students will extract DNA from fruit, make a DNA model and use DNA to solve an “out of this world” crime.

“The Gene-ius Day Program was created to teach the concepts of genetics in a fun, easy-to-remember way,” said project leader Ania Wieczorek. “Each Gene-ius event is packed with hands-on experiments and activities that let students experience and enjoy science.”

Oʻahu Saturday Gene-ius Day

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Time: 9–11:30 a.m.
Where: UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, St. John Plant Science Building (exact location to be determined)
Cost: $15 per child and $15 per chaperone (mandatory for grades 1–3)
Registration deadline: April 27, 2012

Kauaʻi Saturday Gene-ius Day

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time: Section A (9–11:30 a.m.), Section B (2–4:30 p.m.)
Where: Kauaʻi Community College, exact location to be determined
Cost: $20 per child and $20 per chaperone (mandatory for grades 1–3)
Registration deadline: May 11, 2012

Reservations are required. Please visit the Gene-ius Day website to download the registration forms.

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