March 2022
Resources for Celebrating DNA Day in April
Looking for ways to celebrate DNA Day in April? Incorporate the Henrietta Lacks timeline into your lesson plans. Students can scroll through the timeline to learn more about who Henrietta Lacks was, how HeLa cells were discovered, and how medical science has benefitted. The timeline complements four lesson plans created by K-12 educators in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Human Genome Research Institute. The lesson plans explore a variety of topics that interconnect Henrietta Lacks’ life and experiences and highlight the importance of these topics to our current understanding of science and society. Each lesson plan comes with instructional materials including resource sheets, PowerPoint slides, and introductory activities. Applicable Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards are listed, and each lesson plan is available in PDF form for easy download. 

Professional Workshops from BioInteractive
Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive is offering professional development workshops for high school educators. The workshops are free and online, and available worldwide! The workshops offer participants an opportunity to engage with BioInteractive’s resources and learn from peers as part of an engaging and reflective experience. Register now!

Application Open for NHGRI's Virtual Short Course in Genomics
Middle school, high school, community college and tribal college educators teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses are encouraged to apply to NHGRI’s annual Short Course in Genomics. The course will be held from August 1-4, 2022. The course will be virtual and delivered via Zoom. Digital materials and mailed activity kits will be provided in advance. The course offers educators the opportunity to hear lectures and receive teaching resources from leading NHGRI and NIH researchers, clinicians, and staff, and to discuss ways to incorporate genomics content into their classrooms. Applications are due by March 24, 2022.

Unlocking STEM for Students: DNA Decoded
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. Find resources for celebrating DNA Day in the classroom and inspiring our next generation of scientists!

This month's featured article in
Genomics: Insights

Author: Keshav Gandhi

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