Educator Resources

Check out these ready-to-go, standards-aligned tools from DNA Decoded, where your students will crack the genomic code and apply it to real-world problems!

Exploring the Code

STEM Project Activators

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Sickle Cell Trait and Reducing Risk in Sports

High School

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Two 45–60-minute sessions

Your students will explore the use of genetic screening to lower risks for student athletes. Students will understand the great risk of sickle cell anemia among many student athletes, research genetic screening, and create an infographic with their key findings.

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Functional Genomics and Medicine

High School

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Two 45–60-minute sessions

Your students will explore the use of functional genomics to provide customized care for patients. Future medical care will involve more prevention and treatment plans. Your students will create an infographic on this technology and write about ethical implications.

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Investigating the Code

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Deep Space Genomics

High School

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Two-to-Three 45-minute sessions

Your students will travel to the future to work at a genome technology company making sure that astronauts function at their best in deep space. Your students will investigate gene editing, including germ-line editing and somatic therapy, and help their company determine the next steps.

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Agriculture Revolution

High School

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Two-to-Three 45-minute sessions

As United Nations representatives, your students must decide whether to support widescale agricultural gene editing. They will watch a video overview, study agricultural gene editing articles, and research agriculture of their assigned countries. Then, they will debate and determine their official decision.

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Cracking the Code

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Medicine of the Future

High School

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One 45–60-minute session

Your students will role-play hospital administrators, who are implementing precision medicine at their site. To plan this change, students will investigate what genome testing entails, explore a genetic database to understand the sheer scope of genes, and read an article about precision medicine.

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Disease Detectives

High School

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One 45–60-minute session

Your students will explore disease mutations and discover how epidemiologists track disease and work to stop outbreaks. In small groups, students will investigate how today’s epidemiologists use genomics, and students will role-play various careers that help halt the spread of disease.

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Additional Resources

Introduce your students to careers in genomics and find additional materials to support learning with these added resources:

about the partnership

The Illumina Foundation and Discovery Education created DNA Decoded to equip students with the power to unlock genomics and apply them to real-life problems of today and tomorrow.