Every year on April 25 since 2003, scientists, biologists, and genetics enthusiasts come together to observe National DNA Day, celebrating the discovery and research into DNA and the scientific advancements that helped make progress possible.
National DNA Day encourages people to learn more about the science that makes them genetically unique. Help youth feel unique and special with the following resources to use all month long!
Early Access to Free DNA Kits to Celebrate DNA Day! Order your very own DNA extraction kit. Limited Supplies. Code: Million Girls Moonshot
- 23 and Me Educator Resources – Find a list of picture books on DNA and more information about the 23andMe Education Program, which is designed to support and advanced genetics education. By joining the community, educators and students will receive important updates from the 23andMe Education team about new educational resources, events, programs, and opportunities to engage with 23andMe.
- The Future is Bright – DNA Day
- Virtual Lab Simulation
- Virtual Field trip – Genomics Decoding the Language of Life
- Boston College Bioengineering Curriculum Resources – CRISPEE is a tangible tool for young children ages 5-8 to explore the metaphor of a coding language for living organisms.
- Make a candy DNA model! Check out this activity guide on how to make a scientifically accurate model with sweets: https://bit.ly/3lmaihw
- DNA is the code of life for nearly all living organisms. Check out these easy activities to learn more about DNA and the genomics industry throughout April! http://bit.ly/3yNh96J
- Do you want a fun activity to showcase how genes pass down traits? Try out this student activity on investigating alien genetics: https://bit.ly/3FjRtST
- What makes a perfect tomato? Farmers have been using genetic engineering for centuries. Learn more about what that means in this lesson: https://bit.ly/3JCkgov
- Did you know that the seaweed you’ve seen in the ocean or even eaten as a snack is inspiring innovators to imagine new materials? Your students can make string from algae in this activity: https://bit.ly/404tbEy
- In this lesson for grades 5-7 students work through an example showing how DNA provides the “recipe” for making human body proteins. They see how the pattern of nucleotide bases (adenine, thymine, guanine, cytosine) forms the double helix ladder shape of DNA and serves as the code for the steps required to make genes. Students extend their knowledge by conducting the associated activities to learn ways that engineers and scientists are applying their understanding of DNA in our world. Teach Engineering Lesson Plan: DNA
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