Magazine article Curriculum Review

Free Program to Inspire Youth to Pursue Careers in STEM and Genomics

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Free Program to Inspire Youth to Pursue Careers in STEM and Genomics

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A program designed to equip middle and high school teachers with the power to unlock the study of genomics to advance the future for their students was recently launched by Illumina Corporate Foundation, which advances genomic literacy, and Discovery Education, a provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

Called DNA Decoded, the program provides easy, ready-to-go, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned lessons and activities for educators serving young learners in grades 6-12, enabling them to explore genomics in everyday life, according to a Discovery Education news release.

The program focuses on empowering educators with digitally immersive tools that bring genomics to life in their classrooms. With standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, students across the U.S. will be able to study how genes interact and they will apply the study of genomics to real-world challenges, helping them to realize the hope genomics represents in rare and undiagnosed diseases.

Educators can download the following digital curriculum resources by visiting DNADecoded.org:

* Sickle Cell Trait and Reducing Risk in Sports project starter

* Functional Genomics and Individualized Medicine STEM project activator

* Deep Space Genomics lesson

* Agriculture Revolution lesson

The Illumina Corporate Foundation and Discovery Education created DNA Decoded to provide students with engaging digital resources to apply genomics solutions to the challenges of everyday life. …

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