December 02, 2013
Vancouver, BC – High school students from Merritt, East Vancouver, Surrey, and North Vancouver will have an amazing opportunity to be a scientist for a day as Genome BC Geneskool returns to Capilano University hosting 12 workshops over the next two weeks.
Through interactive, hands-on activities in state-of-the-art lab facilities, students will learn about DNA, genetics, gene function and even bacterial transformation. In one of the activities, students will have the chance to do their best CSI impression by analyzing a “crime scene” and put their new-found knowledge to use to solve the “whodunit.” This popular outreach program illustrates the impacts of genomics in everyday life and affords local students an opportunity to learn new molecular biology methods and techniques that they can apply to current and future science courses.
The Genome BC Geneskool program has been involved in communities throughout BC since 2004. “Students are really enthusiastic about the program, because it highlights the impact and relevance of science in their everyday lives,” says Sally Greenwood, Vice President, Communications and Education at Genome BC. “Students learn scientific concepts and how they can be applied to real life situations and explore the potential applications and impacts of genomic technologies on society.”
“Our hope is that after attending a Genome BC Geneskool program students will continue to appreciate the value of science and math in today’s knowledge-based economy. And that students not only develop a greater understanding of genetic sciences, but realize the wealth of opportunity that exists in scientific disciplines,” says Greenwood.
“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 and 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.”