December 2020
DNA Day 2021 is Going Virtual
It’s time to start planning your National DNA Day 2021 virtual celebration! National DNA Day is celebrated on April 25 of every year, and to meet educators, students, and organizations’ needs, we encourage all to celebrate DNA Day any time between January and May. Plan a virtual presentation with STEM scientists, or host a virtual demonstration of a STEM activity for students, or the general public. There are plenty of ways to creatively celebrate DNA Day 2021 virtually!  

DNA Day Essay Contest from ASHG
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) DNA Day essay contest question is now available to students in grades 9-12 worldwide. Students are asked to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. The first place student winner receives $1,000 and their teacher receives a $1,000 genetics material grant. The submission site opens in January 2021 and winners along with honorable mentions will be announced on Friday, April 23, 2021. A great way to celebrate DNA Day 2021 virtually!

Virus Explorer: A New Interactive for Students from Howard Hughes Medical Institute's BioInteractive 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute's BioInteractive team has created a new Virus Explorer Interactive that you can use in your classroom. This interactive module allows students to explore the diversity of viruses based on structure, genome type, host range, transmission mechanism, replication cycles, and vaccine availability. An accompanying worksheet guides students’ exploration. Participate in DNA Day 2021 by sharing this engaging interactive with your classroom.

Stories of Women in STEM at the Smithsonian - a New eBook from the Smithsonian's Education Center
Stories of Women in STEM at the Smithsonian is a free ebook featuring biographies of trailblazing women who made history through their scientific discoveries and innovation. From aerospace engineer and mathematician Mary Golda Ross to hair care entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker, learn how women have defied gender stereotypes and overcome structural barriers to advance the science, technology, engineering, and math industry. Download the PDF or the Apple Books version.

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