The Genetic Science Learning Center is a science and health education program
located in the midst of the bioscience research being carried out at the University
of Utah. Our mission is making science easy for everyone to understand.
To achieve our mission, we provide educational materials and programs for global and local audiences. These include:
Two websites, available free of charge to Internet users worldwide:
- Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics.
They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials
meet selected US education standards for science and health.
- Teach.Genetics provides resources for K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and
public educators. These include PDF-based Print-and-Goâ„¢ activities, unit plans and other
supporting resources. The materials are designed to support and extend the materials on
Professional development programs that update K-16
teachers' expertise in bioscience and health topics as well as prepare them to implement
the materials on our websites. See a list of upcoming courses and workshops on Teach.Genetics.
Public education programs that highlight topics of current
interest and research being carried out at the University of Utah.
Our educational resources provide accurate and unbiased information
about topics in genetics, bioscience and health. Designed for non-research audiences, they
are jargon-free, target multiple learning styles, and
often convey concepts through animation and interactivity.
Our newest materials are being developed with our Exploragraphic™ design methodology.
Some topics in genetics and bioscience research are controversial. The Center
does not take sides in political or ethical controversies. Rather, our goal is to provide comprehensive information that promotes a lively
discussion of these topics, so that individuals can arrive at their own informed decisions.
The Centerâ€™s educational materials and programs reach a wide audience. Our Learn.Genetics website
is one of the most widely-disseminated education sites in the world. In 2007, it received over
7.1 million unique visits from over 180 countries. Each year over 600 educators participate in professional development programs.
The Center has a staff of 10 with expertise in science, education, technology, and multimedia visualization.