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Genes in Space Student Contest

  • 01/12/2023 12:35 PM
    Message # 13054748
    Loris Chen (Administrator)

    Deadline to Apply: April 17, 2023

    Be a part of space biology history!

    The Genes in Space contest invites U.S.-based students in grades 7-12 to design original DNA experiments that improve space exploration. The winning experiment is conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station! 

    Our 2023 contest is now accepting entries! The contest is free to enter and does not require equipment. All you need is a good idea and the passion to pursue it!


    Apply now

    Submission deadline: April 17, 2023

    Educators: Share Genes in Space with your students!

    "Genes in Space is both the initial 'hook' and underlying framework for our genetics unit. The authentic, real-world nature of the contest vastly increases the engagement and sense of urgency with our students."


    - 8th grade science team, Thunder Ridge Middle School, Centennial, CO

    Genes in Space is a great way to engage students in experimental design and the scientific method! Explore our free teaching resources, including lesson plans, videos, and other tools for bringing DNA analysis and space biology into your classroom. 


    Explore resources


    A national science competition inviting 7-12th grade students and teachers to propose a DNA experiment for space. Be a space DNA pioneer!

    • Develop a real-world research proposal
    • Launch your DNA experiment to the International Space Station
    • Present at the ISS R&D Conference
    • Receive mentorship from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists
    • Win a P51 Fluorescence Biotechnology Kit for your school

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