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Learn more about upcoming genomics education workshops and project opportunities with ʻĀina-Informatics Network!

Learn more about:

  • The use of eDNA, genomic sequencing and bioinformatics in drawing connections between cetacean microbiomes and stranding events
  • Hosting our mobile genome science lab in your classroom to support student learning and teacher professional development
  • Our various avenues for equipment, funding and instructional support for network teachers

Who should register? Hawaiʻi life sciences educators in grades 9-12

Agenda (to be updated closer to the event):

  • Launa/introductions
  • Hōʻike/presentations (Tentative guest presenter: Dr. Kristi West)
  • ʻAina ahiahi/dinner

The ʻĀina-Informatics Network is an initiative based at ʻIolani School designed to bring genome science into Hawaiʻi high school classrooms. Our program’s objective is to develop place-based curriculum for ethical genome science that centers on Hawaiʻi’s unique relationships to ‘āina, all while generating real data via a community science approach. These curricula utilize foundational, hands-on laboratory techniques that can be taught out of our mobile genomics lab and highlight real world applications of genome science, such as GMOs, personal genetics, detection of invasive species and the discovery of novel biodiversity. Each project is also designed to engage students in the bioethics dimensions that accompany emerging genomic technologies.

STEMplus was created to help Hawaiʻi public, charter, and independent school teachers of all grade levels connect their classroom to community through Community Science. Through regular gatherings hosted by ʻIolani School, Hawaiʻi educators build a network of like-minded teachers, LEARN from experts, and ENGAGE in a data-collecting community of schools.

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