GENIE's Dynamic DNA proves a big hit once again

Posted by pt91 at Sep 30, 2011 05:03 PM |
Dr Cas Kramer reports on another well-received outreach event.

Dynamic DNA is the biggest outreach event run by GENIE, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Genetics. Each year in mid-September just over 600 Year 9 students from local and regional schools descend onto the University’s campus for a day full of genetics fun and learning!

Not only do the schoolchildren have a fun and educational time, the day is also very popular with their teachers. While the many hands-on activities are fun for the students, the teachers pick up good ideas that can be incorporated into their own teaching.

I really appreciate the hard work the GENIE team put in to making it a memorable learning experience for us as teachers (I have already used some of the ideas in my teaching) and for the pupils. Please run it again next year!
Teacher feedback

Dynamic DNA 2011 was held on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th September. A total of 610 students and 42 teachers visited GENIE and to facilitate and demonstrate all the display and hands-on activities a large team of some 50 GENIE helpers is needed. These include undergraduates, postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers and academic and support staff, not just from the Department of Genetics; this year the team welcomed GENIE demonstrators from Biochemistry, Geology, Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and the MRC Toxicology Unit.

It is great way to improve my communication skills and an important opportunity to communicate science to the general public.
GENIE demonstrator

If you would like more information about Dynamic DNA, please contact Dr Cas Kramer, GENIE Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator (ck53@le.ac.uk).