Young scientists graduate from UOG’s GENE-ius Program

by Kathleen B. Duenas
University of Guam

Children in the Guam GENE-ius science program at the University of Guam graduated from the seven-week course on Oct. 27 at the university’s College of Natural & Applied Sciences. The program, hosted by the college’s Cooperative Extension & Outreach program, offered two sessions this semester, graduating a total of 95 students, and it will be offered again in January.

The day program teaches fourth to sixth graders about the world of science through fun, interactive, and thought-provoking hands-on activities and experiments in a university setting. The science curriculum — which includes biology, space, and earth science — is provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, which started the GENE-ius Program in 2008, and is taught by trained instructors with degrees in biology.

“I was very satisfied with the science activities that my son participated in and how it challenged his knowledge and scientific curiosity with regards to the wonders of science,” said Clarissa Barcinas, who enrolled her son, Zander, in the program. “I highly recommend this workshop for youth on the island with a high interest in science.”

This was the second year the program was offered in Guam. Kamille Wang, Guam GENE-ius program manager, said that UOG’s Cooperative Extension & Outreach service will be expanding the program in January to include additional tiers: seventh through ninth grade and possibly first through third.

“We encourage our students to explore more fully the world of science, stimulate curiosity, foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and build an overall passion for science,” Wang said.

The GENE-ius Program will be part of the first Quarter A-Club to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m this Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Agana Shopping Center. The program will be accepting registrants at that time for the next cohort in January. Space is limited.

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