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Exploring genomics at every age

Activities and teaching resources to bring genomics into your classroom or home for any age

Discover Genomics

At Illumina, we’re on a mission to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome.

Genomics will change everything—from how we diagnose and treat cancer to how we feed the world’s population—and we know igniting genomic curiosity in students is a critical first step to achieving our mission.

We are committed to equitable access to STEM education for all, with the goal of empowering students to envision themselves as future scientists, innovators, and trailblazers. We believe we can make a difference in their lives today, so they can make a difference in the lives of others tomorrow.

The resources below will help you bring genomics into your classroom in dynamic and exciting ways to inspire the next generation—whether you’re an educator or a learner.

The Future Is Bright: Celebrate DNA Day this April

This year, Illumina is celebrating DNA Day all month long. Our goal is to reach 10,000 learners by bringing genomics to your students throughout the month of April. Educational programs and activities are for students in all grade levels.

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DNA Day Coloring Page

Celebrate DNA Day with this coloring page.

Great for elementary students.

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Skype A Scientist

Join live virtual sessions to learn about genomics and DNA.

March 27: Teacher Activities (for educators)
April 28: Careers in Biotech (for high school students)
April 29: DNA for Kids (for elementary and middle school students)

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DNA Decoded: Curriculum for High Schools

Use classroom curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to teach high school students about DNA, genomic applications, and careers in biotech.

Cancer Genetics Lesson Plans
Bring an Illumina Scientist to your Virtual Classroom

Watch a scientist extract DNA from a strawberry or request free kits to run this experiment yourself.

For students of all ages.

Discover Careers in Genomics

Did you know that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet?1

If you’re an educator looking to share more about career possibilities in genomics with your classroom, or a student wondering if a career in genomics is right for you, you’ve come to the right place.

With the help of our employees, we’ve created a series of career cards to highlight the diverse career opportunities in the field of genomics. These cards provide a snapshot of in-demand roles here at Illumina, including education requirements, average starting salary, and essential job skills.

We’ve also asked employees to give you the inside scoop on what their day-to-day looks like. Find out what they work on, who they work with, and just how varied the wide world of genomics really is.

Be sure to check back often. We’ll be adding more careers throughout the year.

Illumina Career Profile - Genetic CounselorLearn more about being a Genetic Counselor
Illumina Career Profile - Clinical Lab ScientistLearn more about being a Clinical Lab Scientist
Illumina Career Profile - Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning EngineerLearn more about being an A.I./Deep Learning Engineer
Illumina Career Profile - BioinformaticianLearn more about being a Bioinformatician
Illumina Career Profile - BioengineerLearn more about being a Bioengineer
Illumina Career Profile - Human Resources/Talent Acquisition SpecialistLearn more about being a H.R./Talent Acquisition Specialist
Illumina Career Profile - Territory Account ManagerLearn more about being a Territory Account Manager

Keeping Students Engaged During COVID-19

As families around the world stay home, we are finding ways to turn our homes into learning environments for our children. If you are looking for ways for keep your kids engaged, Illumina has created genomic-focused activities that students can explore on their own or with a parent.

Genomics Rap

Listen to our genomics rap in collaboration with the "Music Notes".

Genomics 101: At Home

Learn about DNA, genetics and more in our at-home video series hosted by Illumina employees.

Genomics Activity Book

This activity book is a great tool to introduce DNA to elementary students.

Genomics STEM Education Resources

Adventures in Genomics
Adventures in Genomics

Explore amazing genomic discoveries and meet the scientists behind the breakthroughs.

The Story of You: ENCODE and the Human Genome
The Story of You: ENCODE and the Human Genome

The Nature ENCODE Project created a DNA encyclopedia that shows how your genes make you unique.

What is a Gene?
What is a Gene?

A simple overview of genetics that explains what genes are and what they do.

What is CRISPR?
What is CRISPR?

A biologist explains the new gene editing technique at five different levels of difficulty.

Introduction to Sequencing by Synthesis
Introduction to Sequencing by Synthesis

Watch next-generation sequencing in action and learn how it works.

Crash Course: DNA Structure and Replication
Crash Course: DNA Structure and Replication

Discover what DNA is made of and how it replicates itself in the human body.

NHGRI Activity Ideas
NHGRI Activity Ideas

Complete an activity to celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th.

STEM Education Resources for Teachers

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I Am A Scientist

The goal of I Am A Scientist is to break stereotypes and open pathways to STE(A)M careers for students.

DNA and RNA Models
DNA and RNA Models

The MIT Edgerton Center offers LEGO® models to help you teach students about DNA and RNA.

STEM Curriculum: Discovering the Genome
STEM Curriculum: Discovering the Genome

This free curriculum includes videos, activities, and discussion questions to help students explore genomics.

Cancer Genetics Lesson Plans
Cancer Genetics Lesson Plans

Interactive lessons for high school students to learn about cancer development, diagnosis, risk, and family history.

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