National DNA Day Friday April 20, 2012

Did you know it is National DNA Day this Friday, April 20, 2012? 

National DNA Day celebrates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, as well as the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.

Of course I went right to the Teaching Tools to see what was available.  The NHGRI Activities for the USA Science and Engineering Festival link takes you to instructions for kid-friendly activities:

  • Craft a DNA Bracelet
  • Create Tree of Genetic Traits
  • Take The Genetic Challenge
  • Extract Strawberry DNA (see related post here)

Digging around, the Genetics Resources for Teachers has .pdf files to download. The Educator's Page has links to a variety of resources, as well. Many of the materials are suitable for older children and young adults.

K8 Science has also put together some resources to honor National DNA Day.

I noticed the American Society of Human Genetics sponsors a DNA Day Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12 with cash prizes (it's not clear whether it is open to homeschool students). Although too late for this year, it might be something to keep in mind for next year.

Why not take a few minutes and build a DNA molecule on Friday to celebrate?

Illustration from Wikimedia

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