February 23, 2022
Vancouver- On February 18 hundreds of teachers from South Vancouver Island participated in Tapestry 2022. This outdoor and online conference offered K-12 educators an opportunity to select sessions to develop their skills and enhance classroom resources. Many teachers elected to participate in Genome BC Geneskool™ (Geneskool)’s Role Playing for Learning in Science session.
Geneskool’s session was designed to illustrate how genomics impacts wider society and to provoke discussion about what responsible research and innovation looks like. Role play scenarios require students to empathize with others’ perspectives and this helps educators to develop social and emotional skills embodied in the BC curricular competencies.
“As a science educator it is exciting to have access to Geneskool resources that help students engage with the complexities and nuances of scientific research in an accessible way. These workshops help bridge the gap between education and practicing scientists that can be so rare in the classroom,” says Madelyn Jones, a high school science teacher and Education Outreach Coordinator at Genome BC. “Students will leave these workshops understanding how science, government, industry and society are all connected.”
Genomics is one of the most rapidly advancing areas of science with research providing solutions to a vast number of global challenges. Genome BC believes in supporting teachers by giving them tools aligned to the BC curriculum that help to teach students about this complex topic in new and interesting ways.
Geneskool provides a variety of free resources and programs for students in grades nine through 12 that make learning about genomics fun. A sneak peek of the new Role Playing videos is available now.
Contact: Jennifer Boon 778-327-8374