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
Year Round DNA Activities
Choose your classroom level:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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