Aloha GENE-iuses!

The GENE-ius Day Program was developed in 2006 by Dr. Ania Wieczorek at the University of Hawai‘i, at Mānoa to provide science education to Hawai‘i's children. The GENE-ius Day Program offers school day field trips for elementary students and Saturday science classes for students in grades 1 to 12.

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.

The Saturday science classes called, GENE-iuses on a Mission offers small-sized laboratory classes for students in grades 1 to 12. These classes provide hands-on experiments and activities that inspire students to discover the ways in which science affects our everyday life.


Field trip reservations for the 2016-2017 school year is full. Contact us to learn about space availability.

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2016 - 2017 Saturday GENE-iuses General Registration is closed.

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Biotech in focus

The new Biotech in Focus series (started in January 2014) offers a general overview of current biotechnology news and issues.

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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 also 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.

Biotechnology outreach program

The Biotechnology Outreach Program is founded and directed by Dr. Ania Wieczorek from the UH Mānoa - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.