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Join NHGRI staff at the USA Science and Engineering Festival to take part in hands-on genetics and genomics activities. Here we've provided a few examples of activities from past festivals. 

Genomics Activities

Strawberry DNA Extraction

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. Download the Strawberry DNA Extraction Poster.


Craft a DNA Bracelet

Every 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. This activity was adapted from the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center. Go to A Tree of Genetic Traits.

The Genetic Challenge

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.

  • Genomics Activities
    Strawberry DNA Extraction

    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. Download the Strawberry DNA Extraction Poster.


    Craft a DNA Bracelet

    Every 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. This activity was adapted from the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center. Go to A Tree of Genetic Traits.

    The Genetic Challenge

    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.

Last updated: April 2, 2018