Welcome to GENE-ius Day!
Gene-ius Day School Field Trip
Oahu Saturday Gene-iuses
Kauai Saturday Gene-iuses
Saturday Gene-iuses Makes UH News!
On November 17, 2012, UH Media Production visited Saturday Gene-iuses - Mission 3: Buzz Off! and created a news story about us. This video can also be found on the University of Hawaii, Manoa homepage.
The Gene-ius Day Program was developed in 2006 by Dr. Ania Wieczorek at the University of Hawaii, at Manoa to provide science education to Hawaii's children. The Gene-ius Day Program offers field trips and Saturday science classes for elementary aged students.
The Gene-ius Day School Field Trip has a series of activities that connect genetics and agriculture to the school curriculum. Being on campus lets students imagine themselves as university scientists and increases interest in science related topics. Each field trip includes a plant cell lab, DNA extraction lab, an interactive lecture on human and plant traits, and an agricultural talk that highlights the relationship between science and the food we eat. To learn more about our Gene-ius Day School Field Trips, click here!
The Saturday science classes called, Gene-iuses on a Mission offers small-sized laboratory classes for students in grades 1 to 6. These classes provide hands-on experiments and activities that inspire students to discover the ways in which science affects our everyday life.
Molecular Biology and Us
Molecular biology is one of the fastest advancing fields in science today, and it touches on many disciplines. It is used in essentially all areas of biological science, including medicine, forensic science, and agriculture. Molecular biology significantly impacts not only basic biology, but other applications such as industrial biotechnology, environmental monitoring and conservation, agricultural security, and many other important fields. Applications of molecular biology are based on a firm understanding of DNA and it's importance to living organisms. To bridge the inevitable gap between scientists and the general public, we designed a program to engage young people in the basics of molecular biology and provide them with examples of how biotechnology techniques and knowledge of DNA have real world applications.
Dr. Ania is also a principal investigator in Molecular Ecology Research at the University of Hawaii. Her research concentrates on conservation and the management of invasive species through the application of DNA technology.
About the Biotechnology Outreach Program
The Biotechnology Outreach Program has provided science education to children and adults since 2001. During this time, Dr. Ania has offered learning opportunities at state fairs, classrooms, workshops, and conferences throughout Hawaii and the continental U.S. Through participating in these events, she quickly realized the enormous disconnect between scientists and the general public. So, in an effort to bridge this significant gap, she developed the Biotechnology Outreach Program for school children. Her goal is to use DNA and its many implications to inspire students of all ages. Additionally, our website- DNA Today is a fun and interactive site for children to learn more about DNA.