Genomics BoxED education programme goes on tour

The genomics education kits (BoxEDs), developed by the West of England Genomic Medicine Centre (WEGMC) and the University of the West of England (UWE), will be available at several education and science festivals this summer.

The team will be at the following events:

  • Keynsham Festival of Nature on Sunday, 18 June 2017
  • Bath Festival of Nature on Sunday, 25 June 2017
  • Cirencester College Big Bang science event on Monday, 3 July 2017
  • Big Bang Bristol event on Thursday, 6 July and Friday, 7 July 2017

More than 3,000 children, parents and science teachers had the chance to test out the kits and build robots using pieces of genetic code at this year’s Festival of Nature in Bristol, Cheltenham Science Festival and at the Museum of Science and Industry event in Manchester last weekend.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_13d5


Volunteers lead the BoxED activities at the Festival of Nature in Bristol


Adrian Shipp was the first patient recruited to the 100,000 Genomes Project from the WEGMC. His son has since joined the project.

The activity aims to help children understand the how genetics works and the overall purpose of the 100,000 Genomes Project. Student ambassadors and UWE staff, healthcare professionals involved in the WEGMC and patients who have been recruited to the 100,000 Genomes Project from the WEGMC and HEE representatives were on hand to deliver the activities at the events.


Cheltenham Science Festival visitors also had a go at the BoxEDs.

The BoxEDs have been funded by Health Education England (HEE) and the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at UWE in Bristol.