Byte-sized bioinformatics: bringing computational biology to schools

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Biological Sciences

Abstract

Computational science, computational thinking and Big Data are critical skills for the future. They provide career development opportunities, an ability to conduct and support internationally competitive research, and are a keystone to future economic growth and security. These subjects are typically taught within university science programmes. But for rapid progress, social inclusion and public understanding, acquiring these skills must be integrated at much earlier stages in education.

Bioinformatics (computational biology) provides an excellent means to allow young people to gain computational skills and to demonstrate the pervasive relevance of computational science today. Computational thinking - and many computational skills - are transferable across Big Data and STEM including computer science, physics, astronomy, chemistry, statistics and applied mathematics. Bioinformatics underpins current and future progress in medicine, agriculture and environmental research, and many STFC science and technology projects have a bioinformatics component.

In Scotland, an important leap forward has been made with the new Curriculum for Excellence for Higher Biology and Higher Human Biology curricula, which explicitly include bioinformatics. However, the topic is almost always taught without a practical component, and may be seen as distant from practice in schools. In reality, practical bioinformatics can be easily accessible to schools - requiring only free software and an Internet connection to access exactly the same tools, data and environment as used professionally.

Our aim is to directly impact and improve bioinformatics teaching in at least 50% of secondary schools in Scotland that currently teach biology at sixth-form level. We will deliver, develop and share whole-class activities in bioinformatics across Scottish schools for students of Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology, and continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers in Scotland. Priorities will include schools remote from major centres of STEM activity, and schools with low progression rates to university.

This project follows a successful pilot project funded via the University of Edinburgh. Teacher feedback from the pilot includes 'I will make use of the resources provided to train the other members of the Biology department so this workshop can be delivered to all Higher pupils. It will become embedded in the curriculum', and 'Allows pupils to see how what they are learning about is relevant outside the classroom'. Student feedback from the pilot includes 'Introduced us to programming and new biology, at once', 'We were able to see how computing can be used in ways I didn't think about before', and 'Opened my mind to the course'.

Whole-class activities in bioinformatics for biology students reach an almost entirely new audience for scientific computation, and off-set the strong male gender bias associated with computer science. Our whole-class activities have extensive advantages for diversity and inclusion. Our workshops will give a taste of practical university-level activities, link topics within the Biology curriculum and across Biology and computing, and increase understanding of computation. Showcasing actual case studies of STFC research with a bioinformatics component will give students a better understanding of STFC science and technology, and will reveal links to their daily lives.

We will leave Scottish teachers self-sufficient in bioinformatics, and we will leave pupils with a better understanding of bioinformatics and an awareness of the central role of computational science in modern research, industry and society. The materials that we will develop will be made freely available to all, online.

Publications

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Description STFC Advisory Pannel on Public Engagement, Edinburgh, 19 October 2017
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description (WCUB) Sonification of biological sequences
Amount £93,356 (GBP)
Funding ID 2276629 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 09/2023
 
Description Public Engagement with Genetics Grant 2019 - Tier 2
Amount £3,320 (GBP)
Organisation The Genetics Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description STFC Public Engagement Legacy Award
Amount £42,254 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/T000872/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 11/2020
 
Title 4273p SD Card Image v1.5 freely available, customized distribution of Raspbian GNU/Linux for the Raspberry Pi computer 
Description Our freely available, customized distribution of Raspbian GNU/Linux for the Raspberry Pi computer. 4273p is for those wishing to teach, learn or use bioinformatics on the Raspberry Pi. 4273p includes software and files required for Task C in our Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology workshop. 4273p is distributed as a compressed file, including a 32 GB SD card image for the Raspberry Pi. The current version is 4273p version 1.5, released in March 2019. This should run on any model of Raspberry Pi (except Raspberry Pi 4). 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This allows international distribution of our resources. Once the 4273pi SD card image is downloaded, an individual can complete our workshops (accompanying resources such as handouts are also freely available on our website). 
URL https://4273pi.org
 
Description School workshop, Forres Academy, Forres, 23 September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered twice (2 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, St Margaret's Academy, Livingston, 5th and 12th December 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered four times (4 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 5th Life Discovery - Doing Science Biology Education Conference (LDC), Gainesville, FL, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a round-table presentation at a conference designed to provide knowledge exchange and shared pedagogy between university and secondary level educators.
Title: Byte-Sized Bioinformatics for Schools
Format: round table discussion
Presenter: Thomas Meagher, University of St Andrews
Additional co-presenters: Daniel Barker, University of Edinburgh; Heleen Plaisier, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Stevie Bain, University of Edinburgh
Intended audience: Grades 9-12, Undergraduate: Lower Division
At what stage of development is your teaching resource? Complete, tested and ready for publication
Resource Description:
A major challenge in STEM education is the introduction of computational skills for analysis at an informatics level. Analysis of complex data, including DNA sequence data, characterizes much of modern biological application, and it is particularly relevant to understanding of biodiversity.
We have developed teaching materials that provide exercises for use of online bioinformatics resources as well as direct use of line-coding (https://4273pi.org/). These materials explore DNA sequences in order to identify gene functionality and evolution in relation to environmental background and selection. The main exercise explores the evolution of genes underlying vitamin C synthesis, a function that has been lost in humans but that is still extant in many animal lineages.
Key concepts developed and explored in these exercises include: DNA structure, mutations, adaptation, and evolutionary diversity. Key skills developed and explored in these exercises include: application of online bioinformatics resources, computer coding, and data analysis. Our overall objective is to demystify computer applications to complex biological data and to make these methods of analysis accessible to secondary students as they prepare for further education.
Bioinformatics is a currently highlighted topic in the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, but at secondary level teaching typically does not include a practical component. We deliver free bioinformatics workshops for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology (students aged 15-18). Teachers are encouraged to participate in delivery of the workshop to the extent they are comfortable. And we leave teachers with materials to incorporate in their own teaching. Since 2016, we have reached 137 Scottish schools, covering all 32 local authorities in Scotland.
These materials were developed to meet the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, which is in turn closely aligned with over-arching objectives of STEM education. It is our expectation that they are readily transferable to other education frameworks for secondary education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Borders Teacher CPD event, Selkirk High School, Selkirk, 7th November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Practical Bioinformatics for Biologists. Delivered training on our two curriculum-linked Biology workshops to Biology/Science teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description College workshop, Dundee and Angus College, 16 January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 18 college students and 1 college lecturer attended a course-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description College workshop, Dundee and Angus College, 21 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 22 college students and 1 college lecturer attended a course-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description College workshop, Dundee and Angus College, 22 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 13 college students and 1 college lecturer attended a course-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description College workshop, Dundee and Angus College, 28 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 20 college students and 1 college lecturer attended a course-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description College workshop, Inverness College UHI, 18 December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 10 college students and 1 college lecturer attended a course-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description College workshop, Inverness College UHI, 20 December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 11 college students and 1 college lecturer attended a course-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Doors Open Day 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Doors Open Day at the King's Buildings is an on-campus activity during which university researchers engage with public groups about the research that is being undertaken at the university. The event coincided with a visiting day for prospective students, many of whom attended Doors Open Day as well.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted secondary school pupil as part of the JET programme, 6 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hosted a visit from an individual N5 student from Forrester High School, Edinburgh. On Fridays the student visited various research groups and support units in our building as part of the Job, Education and Training (JET) Programme. Visit duration was 3 hours. Introduced the visitor to music software (Sonic Pi) so the visitor could investigate the sonification of pairwise DNA sequence alignments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20163/opportunities_for_young_people/75/job_education_and_training_...
 
Description Hosted secondary school pupil as part of the JET programme, 9 February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hosted a visit from an individual N5 student from Forrester High School, Edinburgh. On Fridays he visits various research groups and support units in our building as part of the Job, Education and Training (JET) Programme. Visit duration was 4 hours 45 mins. Trained the visitor in bioinformatics using our usual materials for school visits, then supervised a bioinformatics investigation, relevant to future development of our materials for bioinformatics education and outreach. Participant reported he found the work interesting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20163/opportunities_for_young_people/75/job_education_and_training_...
 
Description Initial Teacher Training, Napier University, Edinburgh, 12 September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact S3-S6: Bioinformatics for Biologists. Delivered training on our two curriculum-linked Biology workshops to students enrolled in PGDE for Biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Initial teacher training event, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 29 October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact S3-S6: Bioinformatics for Biologists. Delivered training on our two curriculum-linked Biology workshops to students enrolled on PGDE for Biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote talk at ISMB 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The annual international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) is the flagship meeting of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). The ISCB Education Committee promotes worldwide education and training in computational biology by providing guidance and support for educational resources and community activities. I delivered a keynote talk about the Bioinformatics in Schools project at the Education symposium. We have since been contacted by a number of international researchers asking about our resources and for advice on starting their own versions of this project in their country. This was a great way to broadcast our project to an international audience of professionals with a specific interest in computational biology and education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Aith Junior High School, 5 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: food detective", involving a presentation and practical activities online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Alloa Academy, 24 September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Alloa Academy, Alloa, 9 September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered once (1 event).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Alloa Academy, Alloa, 9 September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: food detective", involving a presentation and practical activities online, delivered 2 times (2 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh, 25th November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered four times (4 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Brae High School, 5 November and 6 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered once during the course of 2 events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Brae High School, 6 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: food detective", involving a presentation and practical activities online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Braidhurst High School, 1 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 20 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Braidhurst High School, Motherwell, 6th November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered twice (2 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Calderhead High School, Shotts, 24 October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Campbeltown Grammar School, 11 December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 25 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Carluke High School, Carluke, 16 and 17 September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered twice (2 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Cumbernauld Academy, Cumbernauld, 17 December 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered twice (2 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Eastwood High School, Newton Mearns, 19 September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Forfar Academy, Forfar, 14 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact School workshop, Forfar Academy, Forfar, 14 March 2019. National Level workshop - Bioinformatics: Food Detective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Grangemouth High School, 4 December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 20 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Grangemouth High School, 5 December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 20 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Kirkcaldy High School, 23 October 2017 (first group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 24 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Kirkcaldy High School, 23 October 2017 (second group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 16 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Kirkcaldy High School, 24 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 24 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Kirkcaldy High School, 25 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 16 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Kirkcaldy High School, 30 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 17 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Kirkcaldy High School, 6 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 17 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Mid Yell Junior High School, 7 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: food detective", involving a presentation and practical activities online. A combined event for Mid Yell Junior High School and Baltasound Junior High School.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Musselburgh Grammar School, 29 November 2017 (first group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 9 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Musselburgh Grammar School, 29 November 2017 (second group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 18 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Musselburgh Grammar School, 6 December 2017 (first group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 12 pupils attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Musselburgh Grammar School, 6 December 2017 (second group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 18 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Penicuik High School, 10 October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi). Part of the Midlothian Science Festival Schools Programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Penicuik High School, 13 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 20 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi). Part of the Midlothian Science Festival schools programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Penicuik High School, Edinburgh, 8 October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered once (1 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Portree High School, 29 October and 30 October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered once (2 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Sandwick Junior High School, 7 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: food detective", involving a presentation and practical activities online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Sanquhar Academy, Sanquhar, 7 October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered once (1 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, Smithycroft Secondary School, Glasgow, 11 December and 13 December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered once (2 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, St Andrew's High School, 2 February 2018 (first group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 18 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, St Andrew's High School, 2 February 2018 (second group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 16 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, St Andrew's High School, 26 January 2018 (first group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 18 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, St Andrew's High School, 26 January 2018 (second group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 16 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, St Benedict's High School, 8 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 20 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, St Benedict's High School, 9 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 15 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, St Columba's High School, Gourock, 7th November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered three times (3 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshop, St David's High School, Dalkeith, 11 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 25 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi). Part of the Midlothian Science Festival schools programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Waid Academy, 12 January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 16 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Waid Academy, 15 January 2018 (first group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 21 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Waid Academy, 15 January 2018 (second group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 16 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Waid Academy, 22 January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 21 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Webster's High School, 23 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 12 pupils and 2 teachers attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Webster's High School, 27 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 17 pupils and 1 teacher attended a curriculum-linked workshop on bioinformatics involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School workshop, Whalsay Junior High School, 7 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: food detective", involving a presentation and practical activities online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshop, Whitburn Academy, Whitburn, 3 October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered twice (2 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshops, Anderson High School, Lerwick, 1 November, 2 November, 5 November, 6 November and 7 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered 3 times (9 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshops, Forfar Academy, 15 February and 18 February 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: food detective", involving a presentation and practical activities online, delivered 3 times (3 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School workshops, Grange Academy, Kilmarnock, 8 October, 9 October, 10 October, 11 October and 12 October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered 4 times (7 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshops, Hyndland Secondary School, Glasgow, 25 September, 26 September and 27 September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered 4 times (4 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshops, Kirkwall Grammar School, 12, 13 and 14 December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered 3 times (3 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshops, Kirkwall Grammar School, 17 April, 18 April and 19 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online, delivered 3 times (3 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshops, Larbert High School, 27 November, 29 November and 4 December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered 6 times (6 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshops, Newbattle High School, Easthouses, 23 October, 25 October and 26 October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered twice (4 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School workshops, St Andrews RC Secondary School, Glasgow, 12 November 2018 and 14 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A curriculum-linked workshop, "Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology", involving a presentation and practical activities online and at the Linux command-line (Raspberry Pi), delivered 4 times during (4 events).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Ada Lovelace Day, University of Edinburgh, 10 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An audience from the University of Edinburgh and the general public attended a talk on "Byte Sized Bioinformatics" as part of Ada Lovelace Day activities at the University of Edinburgh, which sparked questions afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:University_of_Edinburgh/Events_and_Workshops/Ada_Lovelace_Da...
 
Description Teacher CPD as part of the Biology Residential Course organised by SSERC, Dunfermline 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Practical Bioinformatics for Biologists. Delivered training on our two curriculum-linked Biology workshops to Biology teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Teacher CPD event, Craigmount High School, 29 January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 4 teachers from Craigmount High School in Edinburgh attended our CPD event on teaching bioinformatics for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teacher CPD event, Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh, 2 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 11 teachers from the City of Edinburgh area attended our CPD event on teaching bioinformatics for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology. Attendees were from Craigroyston High School, Broughton High School, James Gillespie's High School, St Augustine's High School, Leith Academy, Dunedin School, Trinity Academy and Tynecastle High School.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Teacher CPD event, Inverness College UHI, 31 May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 11 teachers attended our CPD event on teaching bioinformatics for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology. The event was joint with the Science Skills Academy of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teacher CPD event, North Highland College UHI, Thurso, 1 June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 3 teachers attended our CPD event on teaching bioinformatics for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology. The event was joint with the Science Skills Academy of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teacher CPD event, SSERC, 10 March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 19 Teachers from across Scotland attended our CPD event on teaching bioinformatics for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teacher CPD event, SSERC, Dunfermline, 8 September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 11 teachers from across Scotland attended our CPD workshop on teaching bioinformatics for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology, as part a CPD event run by the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teacher CPD event, University of Edinburgh, 15 June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 16 teachers from across Scotland attended our CPD event on teaching bioinformatics for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology. The event was joint with the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre, SSERC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teacher CPD event, West Highland College UHI, Fort William, 30 May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 4 teachers attended our CPD event on teaching bioinformatics for Higher Biology, Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher Biology. The event was joint with the Science Skills Academy of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teacher CPD organised with Science Skills Academy, Mallaig High School, Mallaig 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Teacher CPD event - S3-S6 Bioinformatics for Biologists. Delivered training on our two curriculum-linked Biology workshops to Biology/Science teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Teacher CPD organised with Science Skills Academy, Thurso UHI 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Teacher CPD event - S3-S6 Bioinformatics for Biologists. Delivered training on our two curriculum-linked Biology workshops to Biology/Science teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Teacher CPD, organised with Science Skills Academy, Inverness STEM Hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Teacher CPD event - S3-S6 Bioinformatics for Biologists. Delivered training on our two curriculum-linked Biology workshop to Biology/Science teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop at Ada Lovelace Day, University of Edinburgh, 10 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An audience from the University of Edinburgh and the general public attended a practical workshop on bioinformatics and DNA sonification using Raspberry Pi computers, as part of Ada Lovelace Day activities at the University of Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:University_of_Edinburgh/Events_and_Workshops/Ada_Lovelace_Da...