Workshops turn local students into budding scientists

Staff writer
February 21, 2014 01:00 AM

Science 9 students from Chatelech Secondary School investigate the wonders of DNA during a visit from Genome BC Geneskool on Monday, Feb. 17.

Students at Chatelech and Pender Harbour Secondary schools tried to become the next CSI experts as Genome BC's Geneskool program visited classrooms in Sechelt and Pender Harbour this week.

Fun and interactive genomics workshops allowed the students to delve into hands-on activities that explored topics such as DNA replication, protein synthesis and genetic mutations.

The Genome BC Geneskool program has visited communities throughout BC for many years and hopes to impart how fascinating science can be.

"Students are really enthusiastic about the workshops, because they make science fun and relevant to their lives," said Sally Greenwood, vice-president of communications and education at Genome BC. "We make sure to explain the scientific activities and how they can be applied in real life situations, and explore the potential applications and impact of genomic technologies on Canadian society."

Greenwood said teachers also like the program because it ties in to the high school biology curriculum.

"Our aim is that after attending Genome BC Geneskool, students will continue to appreciate the value of science and math in today's knowledge-based economy. We are hopeful that students not only develop greater understanding of genetic sciences, but realize the wealth of opportunity that exists in scientific disciplines," she said.

The free workshop sends scientist presenters from UBC's Let's Talk Science program to rural communities, bringing molecular biology to regions where there are fewer opportunities for students to interact with advanced lab technology.

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