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J. Craig Venter Institute's Mobile Genomics Lab Launches First School Visits in San Diego County
Date:5/14/2013

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One of the keys to the success of the DG! Program is the teacher preparation component. Prior to scheduling classroom visits, teachers must first participate in a 30-hour professional development course to learn the techniques and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content behind the exercises, and to become familiar with the equipment. Once certified, teachers may then schedule up to four mobile laboratory visits during the school year based on their curricular schedule. Since the program launched in January 2006 in Maryland, more than 20,000 students have participated in 40,000 hands-on activities onboard the mobile laboratory.

Karen Nelson , Ph.D., JCVI President, who has witnessed the value of early science education said, "The JCVI is very appreciative of the financial donation from the Venter Family Foundation, which has allowed us to kick-start the California Program.  To date, the program has been extremely successful in the Washington, DC metro area and has become a great tool to stimulate the next generation of scientists about the wonders of science and the world around us especially as relates to genomics."

About the J. Craig Venter Institute and the JCVI Education Department

The JCVI is a not-for-profit research institute in Rockville, MD and San Diego, CA dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics; the understanding of its implications for society; and communication of those results to the scientific community, the public, and policymakers. Founded by J. Craig Venter , Ph.D., the JCVI is home to approximately 200 scientists and staff with expertise in human and evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics/informatics, information technology, high-throughput DNA sequencing, genomic and environmental policy research, and public educa
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