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Genome BC Geneskool workshops turning Sunshine Coast students into budding scientists

February 17, 2014 – Genome British Columbia

Students in Sechelt, Pender Harbour and Powell River are about to become the next CSI experts as Genome BC’s Geneskool program will be visiting classrooms in these communities this week.

Fun and interactive genomics workshops will allow students to delve into hands-on activities that explore 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 it makes science fun and relevant to their lives,” says Sally Greenwood, Vice President, 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 notes that 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.”

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.

“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 & 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.”
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About Genome British Columbia:

Genome British Columbia is a catalyst for the life sciences cluster on Canada’s West Coast, and manages a cumulative portfolio of over $625M in research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as forestry, fisheries, agriculture, environment, bioenergy, mining and human health, the goal of the organization is to generate social and economic benefits for British Columbia and Canada.

Genome BC is supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada through Genome Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada and more than 300 international public and private co-funding partners.

In addition to research, Genome BC is committed to openness, meaningful dialogue, public outreach, and educational leadership, and as such, seeks to foster understanding and appreciation of the significance of genomics and proteomics science and technology among teachers, students, and the general public.

Media interested in visiting ‘Genome BC Geneskool’ in action or obtaining photos of local students participating in the program, please contact:

Jennifer Boon, Communications Specialist
Genome BC
Cell: 778-327-8374