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DNA Day Essay Contest

Celebrate DNA Day (April 25th) which commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.


Teen Genes Video Challenge

Show us what excites you about genetics! This now discontinued contest asks students to submit a video based upon a genetics concept that excites them.


High School Workshop

The High School Workshop is a one-day workshop at the ASHG Annual Meeting for local high school students.


Careers in Human Genetics

This is a good resource for students who are interested in pursuing a career in human genetics.


Evolution and Darwin Day

On February 12, celebrate the birth of Charles Darwin, whose ideas continue to guide our thinking today.


Lesson Plan Database

This database includes classroom-tested lesson plans intended to follow the BSCS's 5E instructional model. All lessons were developed by GENA teams and other ASHG programs, such as the High School Workshop.


Find a Geneticist (GEON)

Genetics Education Outreach Network (GEON) is a network of genetics professionals who are willing to assist K-12 science teachers when teaching genetics. Teachers can search for GEON members by location or specialty.

External Genetics Resources

This site links to exemplary genetics curricula, websites, books, and videos to share with K-12 students.


Additional Evolution Resources

This resource includes information about Charles Darwin, as well as primers and papers for learning and teaching evolution.


Understanding Autism Through Genetics

This article for educators explains our current understanding of autism spectrum disorders as a complex trait influenced by variation in multiple genetic loci and by epigenetic factors.


DNA: The Long and Short of It

Explore the data ASHG collected at the 2011 USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Learn about height and tongue-rolling as complex and simple traits, respectively.


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