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USA Science and Engineering Festival 2018

NHGRI joins USA Science and Engineering Fest

Child with a magnifying glass

NHGRI will participate in the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 7-8, 2018! Featuring hands-on genetics and genomics activities, NHGRI staff will also promote the 15th anniversary of National DNA Day, an annual celebration of the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Visit the DNA Day team at Booth 1105-I in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NHGRI Activities at the 2010 and 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festivals

Strawberry DNA Extraction

Video: Drs. Eric Green and Carla Easter from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demonstrate how to extract DNA from strawberries using everyday household items.

YouTube video Watch the video on YouTube

Strawberry DNA Extraction PosterPDF file


Craft a DNA Bracelet

NHGRI staffer belping create braceletsEvery living organism has DNA. Create your own DNA bracelet using colorful beads that correspond to a segment of DNA sequence from a domestic cat, platypus or a wooly mammoth, among other animals.

This activity was adapted from the Carnegie Academy for Science's Secrets' N Sequences activity developed by Dr. Toby Horn and students from Ballou Senior High School (Washington, D.C.) and McKinley Technology High School (Washington, D.C.).

Tree of Genetic Traits

What genetic traits do you have? For example, can you roll your tongue? Come find out and fill out your tree of genetic traits. Each of your traits is written on a leaf that you can paste onto your tree of genetic traits. Then, you can talk to family members and make leaves for them too.

Go to: A Tree of Genetic TraitsPDF file

This activity was adapted from the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center

The Genetic Challenge

Genomic Careers Take a tour of the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms and the Genomic Careers Resource, then challenge yourself to the quizzes that are part of these online resources.



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Last Updated: April 2, 2018