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Exploring genomics at every age

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

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.

Save the Date: DNA Day on April 25, 2022

Every year, Illumina celebrates DNA Day throughout the month of April. Together with schools, districts and nonprofit partners, we will provide educational programs and activities for all grade levels.

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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.

 

I am a scientist website
DNA Day Coloring Page

Celebrate DNA Day with this coloring page.

Great for elementary students.

Genomics Rap

 

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

 

Adventures in Genomics
Adventures in Genomics

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

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Skype A Scientist

Live virtual sessions to learn about genomics and DNA.
Join us on October 11th for Women in Biotech with Illumina! In this free session we will be joined by 3 Illumina scientists to talk about working 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.

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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.

Illumina Genomic Discoveries
Illumina Genomic Discoveries

Teacher training, curriculum, and lab experiences to San Diego high schools. It provides educators and students with real-world, hands-on experiences using industry technology.

Illumina Virtual Lab
Illumina Virtual Lab

Put your lab coat and safety glasses on and get ready to explore Illumina’s virtual lab. Teachers and students can virtually prep DNA to go on a sequencer and learn the technology behind how our sequencers are used by real life customers.

Illumina Genomics Podcast

Hear directly from the people whose work in genomics is shaping the way we think about science and our world. Listen as leading scientists discuss the impact of genomics.

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
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Kansas City Lights the Night with a New Research Institute

Genomic sequencing is giving families hope in the face of uncertainty at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City

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Igniting Genomic Literacy in the Classroom

Empowering students to envision themselves as future scientists, innovators, and trailblazers

Illumina Genomics Podcast
In Full Transparency: A Year of CSR at Illumina

Our 2021 CSR Report documents a year of positive impact

Illumina Genomics Podcast
Bringing Sophisticated Lab Experiences to High School Classrooms

Jessica Bosch fosters students’ love of science through the Illumina Genomic Discoveries program

Additional Genomics STEM Education Resources

Your Genome Site
Your Genome

Discover more about DNA, genes and genomes, and the implications for our health and society.

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.

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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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