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Fun Saturday science workshops train gradeschoolers to be DNA Detectives

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Apr 18, 2012

Got deoxyribonucleic acid?
 
The Biotechnology Outreach Program of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is offering a special Saturday-version of its popular Gene-ius Day workshop to children on O‘ahu and Kauai, 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.
 
Project leader Dr. Ania Wieczorek explains, “The Gene-ius Day Program was created to teach the concepts of genetics in a fun, easy-to-remember way. Each Gene-ius event is packed with hands-on experiments and activities that let students experience and enjoy science.”
 
O‘AHU - Saturday Gene-ius Day
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Time: 9:00 – 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
 
KAUAI - Saturday Gene-ius Day
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time: Section A (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.), Section B (2:00 - 4:30 p.m.)
Where: Kauai 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 http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/geneius-day/saturday.html to download the registration forms. You can also email geneius-day.ctahr.hawaii.edu for more information.