In May 2019 Sara Filoche and Claire Henry visited Year 10 Students at Wellington High School to introduce them to some current Biotechnology and Genetics techniques. Sara is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at University of Otago, Wellington. Claire is a Research Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health. Sara and Claire brought equipment, chemicals and gels to carry out a range of genetics experiments. This type of material is well beyond what any school laboratory would have. With their help the students ran a gel to see band patterns for inheritance of sickle cell anemia. Students got to use expensive micro pipettes and load a gel which ran for a couple of hours, then stained it with non-carcinogenic dyes. They explored SNP data from 23&Me to investigate the concept of genotype and phenotype. Students looked at Mitosis in onion cells, extracted DNA from strawberries and studied Pedigree drawings to discover hidden patterns of inheritance.
You can read about Sara's other work with Kura at the links below.
- University and Kura experiment with science in te reo Māori (Scoop Contacts)
- Kura students get teeth into science (Waatea News.com)
- Learning science in te reo Māori (Māori ki UOW)
- Sparking a love for science in kura kaupapa Māori students (Otago Bulletin Board)