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Genome Day

Genome Day

A community event for families . . . .








Genome Day is a free open-house event for community members of all ages to learn about genomes, genes, DNA, and evolution. Genome Day is held each year on a Saturday in early November at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign. The event features hands-on, child-friendly activities related to genomics.  In past years, attendees have learned how organisms relate to each other on the Tree of Life, constructed their own models of DNA and cells, and extracted strawberry and banana DNA to make necklaces. For the last several years, volunteers from SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) have provided language assistance for Spanish-speaking attendees.