7 September 2019, Doha, Qatar- Qatar Genome and Qatar Biobank held a workshop for children and their parents, at Msheireb Museums, entitled: Genome World!
During the workshop, children aged 8-15 explored genetics and the basics of genomic medicine in an engaging method that involved role play trying to be scientists at Qatar Genome (QGP) and Qatar Biobank (QBB), members of Qatar Foundation. Participants wore special scientist costumes, used lab equipment to conduct experiments, and visited the Journey to the Heart of Life Exhibition at Bin Jelmood House to learn more about the genetic heritage of the people in the region.
QGP worked closely with the young explorers to teach them the importance of genetics in precision medicine and inspire them to consider a future career in healthcare.
Commenting on the workshop, Dima Darwish, Scientific Education Head at QGP said: “ Musheireb allowed us the great opportunity and facilities to conduct this workshop and have the children with their parents explore genomics, by providing scientific educational content on the roles played by precision medicine institutes in Qatar to protect our nation from disease, enhance the health of future generations, and provide trusted precision medicine for each patient.”
Last year, Msheireb Museums and QBB and QGP announced an agreement to create training workshops and engaging activities for the public, with focus on school students, to raise awareness on the vitality of genetics for our future and Qatar’s advanced efforts on this front.
The Genome workshop wraps up the Summer Programme that Msheireb Museums launched early in July in order to reinforce its relationship with the local community and support Qatari talent, providing them with a platform to share their knowledge, passion, and enhance their skills.
Source: Msheireb Museums.