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A Saturday Gene-iuses participant creates a model of DNA.

The popular Saturday Gene-iuses Program is now expanding to Kauaʻi. This program is a series of six unique, science-based missions for elementary-aged students that will be held at Kauaʻi Community College between March and November.

The Biotechnology Outreach Program, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, developed this educational program and is actively involved in science education throughout the state.

“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 Saturday Gene-iuses mission brings students and their parents together for two fun-filled hours of hands-on activities that encourage scientific thinking and appreciation for all things science related. Every session focuses on a specific science-related theme, such as plant cells, insects, forensics, agriculture and more.

To see what this program is all about, a video documenting the third mission, “BUZZ OFF!”, at the UH Mānoa campus can be viewed at

Sign up for a mission

Each two-hour mission will be held in a teaching laboratory at the Kauaʻi Community College and will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on select Saturdays. The first mission, DNA Detectives will be held on Saturday, March 30, and the registration deadline is March 7.

The cost is $21.50 per person. Participants who register for all six missions will receive a free Saturday Gene-iuses t-shirt, and students from Title 1 schools will each receive $10 off per mission.

Those interested in attending Saturday Gene-iuses on Kauaʻi or Oʻahu can find more information and register online at the program website or email the coordinator Carol Oshiro.

Take a peek at the Buzz Off! mission

Read Future scientists inspired by Gene-ius Day to learn even more about the program.

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