National DNA Day is celebrated on April 25 each year and commemorates both the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, and the description of DNA's double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 (both on April 25th).
This annual celebration offers students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore what they may mean for their lives.
For more on the history of National DNA Day read the Senate resolution that established the event.
Virtual Activities for 2021
Whether you are in a classroom, or at home, celebrating National DNA Day is just a click away. Here are a few memorable activities, for fun or learning, that will light up your screen!
DNA Day Escape Room Challenge
Accept the escape room challenge! Answer a series of questions, unlocking rooms for the ultimate reward - a personalized DNA Day certificate!
Watch the Animated Genome
One of the best "What is DNA and Why is it Important" videos! A 5-minute tour of genes and genomes synchronized to the music of Danny Elfman!
Use science to change the world with DNA Decoded - digital resources to apply genomics solutions to everyday challenges.
Smithsonian Learning Lab
A free, interactive online platform of millions of digital Smithsonian resources available to all.
Explore hundreds of free multimedia science education resources to bring the excitement of scientific discover into the classroom!
Offering multimedia-rich, interactive educational materials to engage all students!
Make a DNA Origami
See the twists and turns of the DNA helix with your own printable DNA Origami.