ʻĀina-Informatics: Place-based Genome Science for the Hawaiʻi High School Classroom




Student holding pipette and teacher placing small object into MinION.

ʻĀina-Informatics is a teacher network supported by ʻIolani School designed to bring place-based genome science, bioinformatics and pono bioethics into local high school classrooms. Since our pilot in December 2018, network teachers have collaborated on the development of a genetics and genomics lab curriculum which centers Hawaiʻi’s biodiversity, unique cultural context and sense of kuleana. This curriculum is powered by the Oxford Nanopore MinION, a portable and cost-effective DNA sequencer uniquely suited for diverse education settings. For this in-person workshop, attendees will conduct a hands-on lab activity that introduces the use of DNA sequencing in drawing connections to place through moʻolelo and through the exploration of bioethics dimensions associated with extracting genomic knowledge from cultural landscapes. Skills introduced include bench techniques from basic pipetting to nanopore sequencing, as well as custom bioinformatics tools accessible to most high school life sciences classrooms. Participants will also learn about the curricular, equipment and funding resources currently available through the ʻĀina-Informatics Network to bring various place-based genome science projects into their own classrooms.

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To participate in this workshop, you must register in advance. All session details will be sent to registered participants directly from the host. Participation is limited to 15 people. Space still available. Sign-up today!

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June 28th, 2023, 1:30pm–4:30pm HST

Location: ʻIolani School

  • Eric Tong
    ʻĀina-Informatics Network, ʻIolani School
  • Ethan Hill
    ʻĀina-Informatics Network, ʻIolani School
  • Joanna Kobayashi
    ʻĀina-Informatics Network, ʻIolani School
  • Yvonne Chan
    ʻĀina-Informatics Network, ʻIolani School