Students look at nematodes under the microscope at the 2015 Saturday GENE-iuses graduation celebration

Registration for the 2016–2017 Saturday GENE-iuses classes for students in Grades 1–9 is now open. Saturday GENE-iuses provides a series of nine engaging, hands-on Saturday classes, presented in teaching labs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, that encourage scientific thinking and appreciation for all things related to science. Since 2006, more than 8,000 schoolchildren in Hawaiʻi have been introduced to exciting scientific concepts through the GENE-ius Day program developed by Professor Ania Wieczorek, and offered by the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at UH Mānoa.

STEM Learning That’s Fun

“The GENE-ius Day Program was created to teach the concepts of genetics and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in a fun, easy-to-remember way,” Wieczorek says. “Each GENE-ius Day event is packed with hands-on experiments and activities that let students experience and enjoy science.”

How to Get Involved

Reservations are required and should be made as soon as possible, because the seats fill up quickly. Payment of $231 for all 9 sessions can be submitted online via credit card, or by mailing a check. Further instructions can be found on the registration forms available at the program website.

Children should be registered according to their 2016–2017 grade level. Classes will start in September 2016 and will continue throughout Saturday GENE-iuses registration open for 2016–17the school year. Students in the grade 1–3 section must be accompanied by a chaperone, who will also need to pay for the session. Each chaperone can accommodate up to two students.

Check out a video of a recent GENE-ius session on the UH Mānoa campus.

Email any questions about GENE-ius classes.

—By Frederkia Bain