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Discovery Education and Illumina Corporate Foundation Present a New Virtual Field Trip for Students to Explore the Power of DNA

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Charlotte, NC. (Tuesday, September 6, 2022) — Discovery Education and The Illumina Corporate Foundation today announced a new virtual experience – Genomics: Decoding the Language of Life Virtual Field Trip – to immerse students in grades 6-12 in the power of DNA. Presented by the Illumina Corporate Foundation and Discovery Education, this virtual field trip is part of DNA Decoded, a program designed to inspire students to unlock the power of genomics with ready-to-go, standards-aligned lessons and activities.  

Premiering September 15th at 1 PM ET and available on-demand, this virtual learning experience transports students to the Illumina labs in San Diego, CA to meet real-world experts harnessing the power of the genome to improve lives and support the conservation of the Earth’s natural resources. During the Genomics: Decoding the Language of Life Virtual Field Trip, students will explore the cutting-edge genome sequencing technology that is being used to revolutionize everything from medicine to agriculture to sustainability and much more. Learn more and register here. 

“DNA has not only the potential to transform life, but it can also inspire students to pursue careers in STEM,” said Sharon Vidal, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. “At Illumina Foundation, we are dedicated to fostering opportunities for students in the world of genetic science and to expanding future possibilities for the next generation by putting genomics into action.”   

An accompanying educator guide and classroom conversation starter packet provide teachers with materials and activities for before, during, and after the virtual field trip. The Genomics: Decoding the Language of Life Virtual Field Trip builds upon a suite of resources available at no-cost to middle and high school educators from DNA Decoded. Educators can find digital lesson bundles, classroom activities, career guides, and more to help students explore the power of DNA. 

“We know that DNA is the building block of life so it’s incredibly powerful for students to see genomics in action. This new virtual field trip takes students behind-the-scenes to meet diverse STEM leaders transforming our world one nucleotide at a time while also providing educators engaging STEM resources to connect the classroom to real world science,” said Amy Nakamoto, General Manager of Social Impact at Discovery Education. 

Discover more no-cost resources from DNA Decoded at or within Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform on the Social Impact Partnerships channel.   

For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.    


About Illumina Corporate Foundation
Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. Our focus on innovation has established us as a global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, serving customers in the research, clinical, and applied markets. Our products are used for applications in the life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture, and other emerging segments. To learn more, visit and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. 

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at  

Grace Maliska
Discovery Education

Adi Raval 
Illumina Foundation