The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii-Manoa has received $20,000 from the Monsanto Fund.
The college says the money will support salaries and materials for “Gene-ius Day.” It’s a special program that introduces students in grades 4 through 12 to basic genetics and the function of DNA.
The founder and director of Gene-ius Day, Ania Wieczorek, is an associate specialist in the college’s Biotechnology, Biotechnology Outreach Program.
She says a primary goal of the program is to build a strong understanding of basic genetics at the elementary school level.
That way, teachers are able to present increasingly complex biotechnology topics in the upper grades.
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Sep. 18, 2009
The public is invited to take an up-close look at some exciting research and outreach activities in Hawai‘i agriculture.
Who: UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)
What: Will host its 20th Waimanalo Research Station Field Day
When: Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Waimānalo Research Station, 41-698 Ahiki Street
Visitors will have the opportunity to see:
* corn field trials.
* Kapi‘olani Community College’s Culinary Program.
* organic pepper and eggplant field trials.
* biotechnology outreach program.
* taro varieties collection (over 90 varieties).
* plumeria tree collection.
* cacao project.
* biofuel project.
* USDA erosion control project.
The public is encouraged to bring water and wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen, comfortable loose fitting clothing and hats for sun protection.