The GENETICS Project

The GENETICS Project (1999-2003) fostered excellence in K-12 genetics teaching in Washington State. We provided professional development to elementary, middle, and high school teachers and identified and developed outstanding genetics instructional materials.

alt text Through the activity, Build-an-Animal, students learn the principles of inheritance as they construct a family of styrofoam creatures.

GS outreach staff collaborated with other science education groups to develop teaching modules and provide teacher professional development. For example, we worked with Washington MESA to write Amazing Cells: A Cell Biology Unit for Grades 5 through 7. This and other teaching modules developed during this project can be downloaded from the Instructional Materials area of this website.

This project was funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through their Precollege Outreach Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions.

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Recent Publication: The paper How Do You Like Your Science, Wet or Dry? reports on impacts of the Exploring Databases project.

Carolina Kit to Support Worm Curriculum: GSEO is partnering with Carolina Biological Supply to support teachers with the What can we learn from worms? curriculum. Kits are now available here.


Exploring Databases awarded the July 2013 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. Click Read More for link to Science article.


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University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences
Education Outreach, Box 355065 ~ Foege Building, Room S-334 ~ Seattle, WA 98195
phone: (206) 616-4538 fax: (206) 685-7301