Time for you to design and launch your DNA experiment to space!

Genes in Space is a free science competition for students in grades 7-12. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 competition. We’re happy to help spread the word about it North Carolina.

Students in this competition will pioneer DNA research on the International Space Station to address real-life challenges of deep space exploration. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists, present at the 2017 International Space Station R&D Conference, and receive miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ for their education institutions. Winners will also attend Space Biology Camp and send their DNA experiment to space!

Submission deadline is April 21.

Genes in Space is a partnership between miniPCR, Boeing, Math for America, CASIS, and New England Biolabs. The contest is free, and does not require equipment. Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit. miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ will also be awarded to the top five teams from grades 7 and 8 (Junior Scientist Awards) and to the school with the highest number of submissions from each of the five U.S. regions (Constellation Awards).

Teachers – turn this contest into a class assignment – as it aligns with national standards.

Learn more about and make your submission at www.genesinspace.org.