It was in 2005 when the idea of a convention for high school students and science teachers focusing on Genetics was conceived by then Education Committee Head Audrie Ann Lazaga, Batch Gyrase. The following year, the idea materialized as the first Genetics Camp headed by GeneSoc Vice-President Ms. Lorelie Ramos, Batch Gyrase was held at Collegio de San Juan de Letran in Calamba, Laguna. And until now, the Genetics Camp is an annual activity hosted by The UPLB Genetics Society with the aim of promoting the knowledge and share the advancements in the science of Genetics to high school students. Since its humble beginnings in 2005, the Genetics Camp covered vital and important issues that concern most importantly the society.
In this century, the field of Genetics has greatly been redefining the way people live their lives. It has been an essential part of society that it has seamlessly intertwined and related so many different fields and produced various products for the benefit of mankind. With state-of-the-art technologies and revolutionizing techniques, the science of Genetics has continuously been recognizing the many possibilities and slowly making those possibilities into a definite reality.
Although, Genetics is indeed making itself heard loud and clear in the world of science, not everyone is paying attention to it. In the Philippines, not everyone is aware of its contributions and role in the community. However, this became an impetus for us at The UPLB Genetics Society. Our organization has been constantly at the forefront of encouraging the creative appreciation and understanding of the science to the constituents of UPLB.
The secondary level of education has long been identified as one of the sectors that are shorthanded in the field of Genetics. With the fast track of development in the field, problems arise in informing the students and the method of teaching. The change in the basic education curriculum to K to 12 has also made genetic concepts present throughout the Junior High School Science Curriculum.
High school students are also in their formative years wherein higher education and career choices are made. At this point, the fields of which they will participate in the next years are chosen. The organization belives that this as a great avenue to encourage students to the STEM track, and introduce to them the promising discipline of Genetics.
Pursuant of our objectives to promote and create awareness about the science of Genetics in the Philippines, as well as to provide an opportunity for the discussion of trends, activities and ideas in Genetics, The UPLB Genetics Society has organized the annual Genetic Camp which highlights the latest advancements in the field of Genetics.
The UPLB Genetics Society have prepared activities that would stimulate the consciousness of high school students on the significance of Genetics and aid them in the appreciation of the science. The Annual Genetics Camp specifically aims:
2006 Genetics: An Introduction and Its Applications
2007 Genetics in Human Nutrition: Of Rice and Men
2008 Gene’s Anatomy: Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance and
2009 Superfoods: An Introduction to GMOs and Biofortification
2010 IntelliGENEs: Redefining the Forensic Sciences
2011 EmerGENEcy: Understanding the Genetics behind Cancer
2012 GENEtervention: Beware. Be aware. Screen for Rare.
2013 GENEstability: Sustainable Agricultural Productivity through
Genetics and Biotechnology
2014 GENEovation: Paving the way for Medical Improvement
2015 OriGENE: Reconstructing the Past and Interpreting Present
Human Variations through Anthropological Genetics
2016 StrateGENE: Unlocking the Mysteries of Biodiversity through
2017 Sustaining the IndiGENEous:
- Lectures and Symposia featuring invited experts and guest lecturers
- Exhibit display
- Structure of the DNA (DNA Origami, DNA Beads)
- Crude DNA Isolation Demonstration using simple household tools and ingredients
- Beads-on-a-String (Observation of Supercoiling)
- Special Symposium on Folic Acid (2009-present; included in line with the campaign on folic acid supplementation and its importance in the prevention of neural tube defects)
- Inter-High School Contests
- Inter-High School Genetics Quiz Contest (2006-present)
- Essay Writing Contest (2008-present)
- Extemporaneous Speech Contest (2007)/ Advocacy Speech Contest (2017)
- Diorama Making Contest (2008)
- Poster Making Contest (2006, 2012-present)
- Slogan Making Contest (2012-present)
- Debate (2013)
- Search for Young Genetics Ambassador (2017)
- Faculty Workshop on the Effective Ways of Teaching Genetics (2008-present)
- DNA Model Construction
- Base-pairing Activity
- Demonstration of Cell Division (Mitosis and Meiosis)
- Socialization's Night (2007-present)
- Sponsor's Session (2014)
- Brain Train, PhilRice (2014)
- Additional Activities
- International Rice Research Institute Laboratory Tour (2007)
- Biotech Documentary Video Presentation (2009)
- National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB-UPLB) Tour (2013)
- Museum of Natural History Tour (2015)
The title was first awarded during the 2013 edition of the camp. A sculptured wooden trophy will be given to the over-all champion (for one year). The name of the participating school will be engraved in the metal plate at the base of the trophy.
2013 Laguna College
2014 Philippine Science High School Western Visayas (Iloilo)
2015 Philippine Science High School Western Visayas (Iloilo)
2017 Philippine Science High School Western Visayas (Iloilo)
Since its launch in 2006, the Genetics Camp had used four emblems to represent the event. The first logo used in 2006 was followed by plasmid-inspired logos from 2007 to 2010. The first logo contained the initials of the four nitrogenous bases of the DNA (A,G,C and T) in a solid circle with white border. Inside the circle were the organization's seal at the bottom; an illustration of the GenCamp slogan was placed at the middle (Genetics at your fingertips) as shown by the tip of the pointing finger touching a DNA strand; and Michaelangelo's Vitruvian Man placed in between the chromosomal annotation of a woman on the left, XX and a man on the right, XY.
In 2009 and 2010, elements in the organization's seal were incorporated to the original plasmid logo. Since 2007,the logo used contained the colors royal blue and green.
2011, the GenCamp started to use a logo with a human icon carrying a DNA strand. The
human icon represents the people involved in this camp - the students, the
teachers, the invited lecturers, and the organizers who are united for the goal
of uplifting awareness about the science of Genetics in the Philippines.
The strands of the DNA were colored blue and green depicting the
semi-conservative replication of DNA wherein the old strand is used as the template for the new. In the same manner, the camp envisions the dissemination of the concepts and applications of Genetics from the organizers and speakers to the camp participants, and the camp participants to their respective schools.
2007 Adrian Oscar Bacena (Telomere) BS Biology
2008 Olivia Faye LIstanco (Genoplasm) BS Biology
2009 Jastin Edrian Revilleza (Integrons) BS Biology
2010 Archie de Villa (Cosmids) BS Biology
2011 Jonathan Emmanuel Velasquez (Cosmids) BS Biology
2012 Jaedie Ruth Mabita (Euchormatin) BS Biology
2013 Isabel Marie Pontanal (Heteroduplex) BS Agricultural Biotechnology