Bringing Genomics to Elementary School

Translating genomics research for a general audience is a challenge our science team regularly takes on.  Senior Research Associate Tim O’Donnell took the challenge to a new level when he explained our work recently to local elementary school students.

Earlier this month, Tim taught a group of over 60 third, fourth and fifth graders the very basics of genomics, and he provided an overview of the work that happens inside GMGI’s research institute. Tim showed the students around the institute via a video tour, explaining the equipment and capability of each lab.

The virtual gathering concluded with an impressive number and quality of questions. Students asked about how we get DNA from fish, how many DNA samples GMGI scientists have collected, and why we don’t have DNA from freshwater sea turtles.

Sharing GMGI’s mission is important to us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to connect with the young scientists of Cape Ann!