Fun Saturday workshops will inspire scientists of the future

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Carol Tran, (808) 956-2160
College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
Posted: Jul 26, 2012

Mother and son proudly show off their DNA model.
Mother and son proudly show off their DNA model.
Touching “real” DNA for the first time.
Touching “real” DNA for the first time.
The Biotechnology Outreach Program of the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is offering 12 Saturday “Gene-iuses on a Mission” events for elementary aged students starting August 4, 2012.
“Gene-iuses on a Mission” is a spinoff from the program’s original Gene-ius Day field trips for elementary schools. On Saturdays, Gene-iuses Missions bring students and their parents/chaperones onto campus for two hours of exciting, engaging activities that encourage scientific thinking and appreciation for all things science-related.
Each session is organized by grade level (grades 1-3 and grades 4-6) and focuses on a specific science-related theme, such as DNA, cells, forensics and agriculture.
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.”
The next Saturday event, “Plants to the Rescue,” will take place on August 4 in two sessions, 10:00 a.m. to noon, and 2:00-4:00 p.m. It will repeat on August 18 at the same times.
September 15 and October 6 will bring “DNA Detectives,” and October 20 and November 17 will feature “Buzz Off!” Each event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and 2:00-4:00 p.m.
All sessions will be held at CTAHR’s St. John Plant Science Building 102 on the UH Mānoa campus. Cost is $16.50 per student and $16.50 per parent/chaperone (chaperone optional for all grade levels).
Reservations are required. See the Gene-ius Day website at <> to register and pay online.