Genes in Space – A Special Opportunity for Students in Grades 7 – 12

Announcing Genes in Space 2020 – Design and Launch Your DNA Experiment to Space!

Calling all students in grades 7 through 12: Have you ever wondered how astronauts might survive a deep-space mission or how we might be able to use biology to transform new worlds? If so, Genes in Space is for you!

Genes in Space is a science contest that challenges students to design original DNA experiments that address real-life challenges and opportunities of space exploration. The contest is free and does not require equipment. Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit. The winning experiment is conducted in space, and samples are returned to Earth for you to analyze! Submission deadline is April 17th, 2020. Learn more about the contest HERE.

All student contestants practice valuable scientific skills while exploring a topic that interests them and learning about the exciting field of space biology. Awards will be announced May 21, 2020. Awardees win a miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ for their educational institutions. Five Finalist teams additionally receive mentoring from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists and receive travel awards to attend the 2020 International Space Station R&D Conference where they will present their ideas to a panel of judges. The winning team will watch their DNA experiment launch into space!

Educators: Turn Genes in Space into a class assignment! Check out the free tools for bringing modern genetic analysis and space biology into your classroom HERE. Resources include interactive videos, lesson plans, classroom activities and worksheets, and more.

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Genes in Space is a collaboration between miniPCR bio and Boeing with generous support from the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, Math for America, and New England Biolabs, Inc.

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