What is DNA Day?

Dec 10, 2010

Students from Martin's Creek participate in DNA Day.

North Carolina DNA Day is a unique day where students, teachers, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics! It was created to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s double helical structure by Watson and Crick.

Each year, over 100 Scientist Ambassadors from UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State, NIEHS, UNC Charlotte, and Wake Forest travel to over 200 North Carolina high school classrooms to discuss current and exciting topics related to DNA!  Students participate in dynamic, hands-on activities that enable scientific principles to come alive.  In addition, students have the opportunity to hear from young scientist about their research and exciting and rewarding career opportunities.