Role Playing with Genetics

Genome BC Geneskool supports educators by connecting grade 9-12 students to cutting-edge genetic research. We currently offer several in-person and virtual workshops, along with resource downloads and field trips. You students can solve an outbreak, a murder mystery, or simply deepen their understanding of current issues in genomics. Best part? Everything is completely free! Book now.

New in 2022: Genomics and Society Workshops

These workshops tackle complex, place-based issues in genomics through multiple lenses: government, industry, society, and science.  Focused on bringing social and emotional learning into the conversation about genomics and society, students will explore the grey zone of complex issues. Through a powerful role-playing workshop, students will engage with each other as members of BC's community, coming together to make big decisions about big problems.


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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  • Genome British Columbia
    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.

    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.

  • Madelyn Jones

    Based in the traditional and unceded territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ people, Madelyn Jones (she/her) is the Education Outreach Coordinator at Madelyn also works as a science teacher in the province of British Columbia and sits as an advisor on the with the goal to expand the curiosity and research skills of the next generation through inquiry and place-based learning. Currently, Madelyn is pursuing her