Whether you’re corralling the youngest future scientists or prepping high schoolers for a career in genomics, we have a variety of activities and resources for you.

Featured Activities Throughout April

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Year Round DNA Activities

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Strawberry DNA extraction protocol
Strawberry DNA Extraction: In-classroom Experiment

A favorite among middle school students! Request a free kit and show your students how to extract DNA from a strawberry. Don't worry—step-by-step video included.

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Genomics Coloring and Activity Book
Genomics Activity & Coloring Book

Full of activities like crossword puzzles, mazes, fill-in-the-blanks and word searches, this coloring book is a great way to introduce DNA to your students.

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Virtual Lab Simulation

A free resource to introduce your students to the basic concepts of DNA, PCR and whole genome sequencing, key concepts in the field of genomics.

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Career Chat

Learning about genomics through a career chat is eye-opening. Schedule a chat and help your students make meaningful connections with professionals in a fast-growing industry.

Schedule Career Chat

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I Am A Scientist Spark Kits

I Am a Scientist teamed up with Illumina to create Spark Kits featuring inspiring scientists doing cutting-edge work. These multimedia kits include stories, lesson plans, illustrations, and career supports for students interested in pursuing diverse careers in biotechnology.

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Illumina Cares Youtube Playlist

Follow the Illumina Cares Playlist on YouTube for great videos to share with fellow teachers and post online. Bonus points for uploading your own activity videos!

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Video Series: Genomics 101 at Home

Learn about DNA, genetics and more in our at-home video series hosted by Illumina employees.

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DNA Day Printable Coloring Page

Add a splash of color to DNA Day with this printable coloring page full of DNA helixes, microscopes, beakers, and more.

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DNA Decoded
DNA Decoded Activities & Lesson Plans

DNA Decoded provides ready-to-go, standards-aligned lessons and activities for teachers and students to explore the ways they can see genomics in their everyday lives.

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Skype a Scientist

Hold a Skype meeting with a scientist! Sessions cover easy-to-understand genomics concepts, making it a perfect classroom experience for any age.

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Scientist professional
Invite a Genomics Professional to Your Classroom

We'd love to visit your future scientists! We'll introduce DNA through easy concepts, engaging activities, and a casual Q&A.

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San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering STEAM Sessions

Through a virtual platform, these sessions bring diverse STEAM educational content to students, families and educators everywhere with the click of a button.

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“Extracting DNA from strawberries is a favorite activity for my gifted third graders. I was disappointed thinking that the students would miss it this year because we can’t have visitors due to COVID-19. You’ve saved the day. Thank you again for providing these materials.”

Johnnie Keel, a teacher at Truman Elementary in Norman, OK