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Genome Day returns on November 2, 2013!

October 7, 2013

Genome Day returns on November 2, 2013!

Genome Day is nearly here! Join us on November 2, 2013 for our second year running, as we invite the community to come learn about DNA, genes, genomes, and evolution in an approachable manner for all ages.

While primarily intended for children in grades K-4, all members of the community are welcome and will benefit from the day. Exhibits and activities will be designed to present the environment, energy use and production, health, and fundamental research at the IGB.

We are proud to announce that this year's Genome Day will be presented in Spanish as well as English, with each activity being manned by volunteers presenting in both languages. Our thanks to the members of the UIUC chapter of SACNAS (Society Devoted to Advancing Hispanics, Chicanos & Native Americans in Science) for their kind help!

Last year we saw over 460 attendees participate in the 16 different activities, such as investigating planarian flatworms, learning how organisms relate to each other on the Tree of Life, extracting strawberry DNA to make necklaces, and dancing with plants on the big screen.

As part of the outreach mission of the IGB to promote activities and undertake projects targeted to engage K-12 students as well as the east-central Illinois community with the University of Illinois, events such as Genome Day strive to present the key concepts of the research taking place at the IGB.

We will be at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum again, and as always the event is free and open to the public. We will see you there!

November 2, 2013
1:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum
346 North Neil Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820

For additional information, contact or call 217-300-0902.

A flyer is available for download, as well as a Spanish version.

October 7, 2013
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