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.
Rachel Gleyzer, a tenth grade student at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, N.J., took first place this year in the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) ninth Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. Her essay explored the role genetics and the environment play in absolute pitch (AP), a person's ability to accurately and instantly identify a musical tone's pitch. Read more
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/.
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.
For questions about DNA Day or DNA Day resources, please send an e-mail to: DNAday@mail.nih.gov
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Last Updated: April 25, 2014