Role playing with online Genetics Activities

Genome BC Geneskool™ supports educators by connecting grade 9-12 students to cutting edge genetic research. We have learned a lot from our pivot during COVID-19 from an in-person delivery model to online learning. This year we created new ways for students to engage with Geneskool volunteers. This workshop will showcase how Geneskool volunteers engage with students through online hands-on science, and how we emphasize role playing. Role playing makes space for students to practice communication, problem-solving and empathy competencies, while also learning science content. You will come away with activities and resources that you can try in your classrooms!

Target Audience

High School (9-12)


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • Alex Chattwood

    Alex Chattwood works with volunteer scientists to support the formal education system through Genome BC’s Geneskool program. Alex believes in an inquiry-based approach to learning and works to provide engaging hands-on activities that build students’ scientific thinking and communication skills. Seeing people learn is Alex’s favourite thing and learning how people learn is his hobby.

    Alex holds a PhD in genetics from the University of Manchester, UK, and moved into education after working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. Leaving behind his slime mold research wasn’t easy, but Alex learned a great deal about science communication and education after a combined 3 years with TELUS World of Science Edmonton and Science World British Columbia. In 2015, Alex participated in the Banff Science Communication program. He also volunteers as a co-editor for Science Borealis.


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    Connie Leung