UAE teachers and students invited to learn more about Genes in Space contest

ABU DHABI // Teachers and students across the country are being invited to take part in a free ‘webinar’ on Wednesday that will beam them to a new scientific frontier where biology meets space. The one-hour online workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the Genes in Space challenge and find out […]

ABU DHABI // Teachers and students across the country are being invited to take part in a free ‘webinar’ on Wednesday that will beam them to a new scientific frontier where biology meets space.

The one-hour online workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the Genes in Space challenge and find out how they can enhance their proposals before organisers begin accepting contest entries at the beginning of the new academic year.

Genes in Space is a national competition organised by the UAE Space Agency, The National and Boeing gives students from grades seven to 12 in teams of up to four a chance to design a scientific experiment that addresses real challenges in space exploration involving biology in zero gravity. The winning UAE experiment will be blasted off to the International Space Station to be tested by astronauts.

Webinar hosts Ezequiel Alvarez Saavedra and Sebastian Kraves, co-founders of the miniPCR – a portable DNA lab that students can use to carry out molecular biology, genetics and biological engineering experiments, among others – will discuss topics such as biology in space, the ISS National Laboratory and DNA technology. They will also give students and teachers a better understanding of the scientific challenges involving DNA analysis in space and help prepare students to form competitive proposals for the Genes in Space challenge.

The Genes in Space webinar will take place at 2.30pm on June 29. To join, click here and enter meeting number 896 012 854. The password is Houston2016. Participants must also call free on 800 0444 9413 and enter access code 896 012 854.

Following the webinar, organisers will host a daylong, hands-on workshop on August 22 in Abu Dhabi for a limited number of educators and students who want to learn more about about how to fine-tune their experiments for Genes in Space using the miniPCR.

More information about the workshop is available from genesinspace@thenational.ae or click here.

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Source: uae news

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