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Genes in Space 2017 Competition Launches

“Genes in Space, a competition that fosters creativity, collaboration and critical thinking among young innovators, opened a call for entries today. The competition challenges U.S. students in grades seven through twelve to design DNA analysis experiments that address a challenge or opportunity of space travel. Student proposals use the International Space Station (ISS) as a test bed for deep space exploration. The competition is sponsored by mini PCR, Math for America (MƒA), Boeing, The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and New England Biolabs®.”

We invite students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments for space. Students will pioneer DNA research on the International Space Station to address real-life challenges of deep space exploration. Winners will send their DNA experiment to space! The contest is free, and does not require equipment.  Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit. Submission deadline is April 21st 2017.

Teachers can turn contest submissions into a class assignment that’s aligned with national standards.

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About Heidi DeGarmo, South-Metro Salem STEM Webmaster (114 Articles)
Heidi DeGarmo is a senior at OregonTech majoring in IT-Health Informatics. As a combat veteran it is a passion of hers to pay it forward. The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.