New Genomics: Insights Articles - The High School Student Edition
This month, Genomics: Insights features articles from high school students focusing on current areas of science research with global relevance. The topics explored include the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine, the prediction of structural changes to viral proteins caused by genetic mutations, and how genetically engineered bacteria can solve the plastic pollution crisis. Great inspiration for teachers exploring ways for their students to communicate and write about science topics.
New Scholars Program for Current College Students or Trainees
The National Human Genome Research Institute's Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) is a collaborative group aimed at improving healthcare provider genomics education. The ISCC-PEG Scholars Program is a new opportunity that provides exposure to the broader genomics education community and experts in the field. The applicant must be a current college student or trainee willing to work on genomic education projects under the mentorship of a current ISCC-PEG member. The scholar appointment is for two years and each scholar will have their travel funded for the annual ISCC-PEG in-person meeting (typically January or February) for a presentation on their project progress. Eligible applicants can apply until September 1, 2020.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival organizers have made available a wide selection of STEM resources for educators. One of the popular resources are the XSTEM videos from previous festivals, featuring stories from innovators, stage shows and much more. Share these inspiring videos with your students to convince them "Why STEM is Dope."
DNA Decoded is a free resource created by the Illumina Foundation and Discovery Education that is designed to equip educators (grades 6-12) with digital tools to inspire students to learn more about genomics, and how they can use this knowledge to change the world. Tools include NGSS aligned lesson plans and activities. A great way to inspire our next generation of scientists in the classroom!
National Institutes of Health 2020 Virtual Summer Enrichment Program
Free for High School Students and Beyond
The 2020 NIH Virtual Summer Enrichment Program is a new program designed for high school-aged learners and above who are focusing on preparation for next steps on career paths. The curriculum features special workshops and lectures presented by the NIH Institutes and Centers to highlight the research they carry out and STEM opportunities in their disciplines. The program is free but registration is required.