National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics! The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix.
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 10th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest!
Open to students in grades 9-12, the contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question. Essays are read and evaluated by several independent judges through three rounds of scoring. Read more
DNA Day Ambassadors bring DNA Day to the USA Science and Engineering Festival
- The USA Science and Engineering Festival
This year, DNA Day Ambassadors will be part of the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USEF) taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC April 25-27.DNA Day will coincide with Sneak Peak Friday at the festival. Sneak Peek Friday allows visitors to preview the Festival and experience the exhibits before they open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday. More than 25,000 school groups, homeschoolers and military families are expected. Ambassadors will be leading attendees through DNA inspired hands-on activities.
The USEF is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. On April 26-27, NIH and NHGRI will be among the 650 exhibitors interacting with students, teachers and the public. The last time USEF was held, in April of 2012 more than 250,000 students, teachers, parents and professionals participated in the three day event. To learn more about the upcoming festival, visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org/.
DNA Day Online Chatroom
- Visit: The Online Chatroom Archives for transcripts dating back to 2005.
Celebrating DNA Day in the Classroom
For more ideas on how to celebrate DNA Day in your classroom, browse our DNA Day pages using the choices at the top of this page and try out our learning activities from DNA Day celebrations in the past. All of the activiites here are aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists who will use the human genome sequence to benefit human health.
Past National DNA Day News and Features
- DNA Day Speaker Presentation
Download Powerpoint slides featuring a range of topics: From DNA to Function, How Proteins Are Made, Making SNPs Make Sense, more.
- NHGRI Employees Visit NIH Children's Inn To Make DNA Bracelets for National DNA Day
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For questions about DNA Day or DNA Day resources, please send an e-mail to: DNAday@mail.nih.gov
Last Updated: November 19, 2014