North Carolina DNA Day is an annual event where scientists from NC’s leading research universities and institutions visit over 100 high schools statewide to present interactive, hands-on lessons about genetics, genomics, and biotechnology, which reinforce the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. In addition, scientist ambassadors discuss their own ongoing research with students and share exciting career opportunities in science and biotechnology. NC DNA Day provides an opportunity for over 7,000 high school students to meet and interact with a young scientist, which often clarifies misconceptions of what a scientist looks like and breaks down barriers for students to follow scientific career paths. Moreover, NC DNA Day allows early-career scientists to experience the satisfaction of sharing their passion for science with students, fostering a spirit of public engagement leading to continued participation in science outreach throughout their careers.
If you’ve participated in DNA Day before, you already know what an impact it can have on your students and how it can augment the materials from your curriculum. If you’ve never had a DNA Day Ambassador visit your classroom, we’d love to meet you this year! Please sign up and let us know more about you and which lesson would be most beneficial for your students.
You are what makes NC DNA Day a success! We are always looking for talented and enthusiastic scientists to visit classrooms and teach a lesson on NC DNA Day. In addition, this is a great experience to share your research with a future generation of scientists!