The Antigua and Barbuda DNA Barcoding Educational Project is a collaboration between AUA and the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Education and Sports which aims to provide local students with high level educational opportunities in molecular biology, bioinformatics, ecology and inquiry-based science.
It is based on modern principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, where students learn through inquiry-based learning while engaging in a project aimed at solving a real-world problem, in this case conserving Antigua’s biodiversity. Students gain knowledge and skills through being involved in an authentic research project, which is multidisciplinary and fosters student’s problem-solving skills.
This project aims to complement the Government's commitment to preparing and encouraging local students for employment in 21st century STEM careers and is a community outreach project funded by AUA.
The teacher professional development workshop, the first step in the project, gave local teachers skills in the DNA barcoding project process and was held in September 2022, at AUA' Central Research Laboratory. Over 20 teachers completed the course, representing 11 local High Schools. Those teachers then selected 5 students from their schools to participate in the project. Pictures from the student project can be seen at right and below.
Students Lab work Oct. 10
STUDENTS lab work Oct. 5
Students listen to Antiguan students who were accepted into a medical degree describe their journey during a lab downtime