Hands-on with science

Genome BC Geneskool to visit Port Hardy and Port McNeill.

High school students in Port McNeill and Port Hardy will be able to dust off their best CSI techniques when Genome BC Geneskool visits both campuses tomorrow.

Fun and interactive science workshops, presented in partnership with Let’s Talk Science, will allow students to delve into hands-on activities and try out practical scientific methods such as using genomic techniques to analyze and compare suspect DNA in a mock crime scene investigation.

The Genome BC Geneskool program has visited communities throughout B.C. for many years and hopes to impart how fascinating science can be.

“Students are really enthusiastic about the workshop, because it makes science fun and relevant to their lives,” says Sally Greenwood, Vice President, Communications and Education at Genome BC. “We make sure to explain the scientific activities and how they can be applied in real life situations, and explore the potential applications and impact of genomic technologies on Canadian society.”

Greenwood notes that teachers also like the program because it ties in to the high school biology curriculum.

The free workshop sends scientist-presenters from the Let’s Talk Science program to rural communities, bringing molecular biology to regions where there are fewer opportunities for students to interact with advanced lab technology.

“The impact and applications of genome sciences in this century will be profound and far-reaching and we believe it is important that as a society we understand it,” says Dr. Alan Winter, President & CEO of Genome BC. “Engaging students in innovative education programs such as ‘Genome BC Geneskool’ helps them understand the significance of the science in a way that is accessible and exciting.”

 

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