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This local program is pushing genome science into high schools

'Iolani School

You might think that tracing variants of the coronavirus is work for college classrooms and graduate students. But a program on Oʻahu is pushing the study of genomic research into high schools.

The ʻĀina-Informatics Network at ʻIolani School is in charge of the program. Now it hopes to expand with a free workshop offered to local educators next month.

“It’s from all islands across the state, so we provide airfare and accommodations for neighbor island participants. And then they get a stipend for attending all three days," said Yvonne Chan, who is helping to organize the workshop.

"Then participants are also eligible for additional equipment and reagent support through the network. The hope is to provide high school teachers in Hawaiʻi with training, skills, equipment to do this type of work in their classrooms with their students," she said.

Friday is the deadline for teachers to apply for this all-expenses-paid workshop. Learn more at www.ainainformatics.iolani.org.

This interview aired on The Conversation on May 2, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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