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Millennium Health Hosts Students on National DNA Day

Millennium Health Hosts Students on National DNA Day

  • 2019-04-30T02:40:00.000+0000
  • San Diego
  • Author: Karen Overklift

National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. The National Human Genome Research Institute began celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25th after the 108th Congress passed concurrent resolutions designating it as DNA Day. This year’s DNA Day also fell within nationally-recognized Lab Week.

To celebrate both Lab Week and National DNA Day, Biocom Institute and Millennium Health hosted a hands-on event with Thrive, an award winning group of free public charter schools, where middle school children participated in a variety of DNA experiments with Millennium Health scientists and employees. In addition, they hosted a panel discussion which allowed the students to learn about the wide variety of career opportunities within the life sciences industry, including laboratory operations, genetic research, graphic design and business technology.

One of the Next Generation Science Standards is “Making and understanding models.” Thrive science teacher Carol Johnson said, “The hands-on activities provided many different ways for students to interact with DNA models both using real DNA extraction and 3D models of DNA, and dominant and recessive genes. The format of the activities allowed students an engaging way to connect with the material being presented. The staff was fantastic! They had a great rapport with the students, and seemed to truly enjoy what they were doing.”

If your organization is interested in hosting a group of students for hands-on activities or in providing volunteers to go to classrooms to inspire the next generation of science innovators, please contact Karen Overklift at [email protected].