CNAST Outreach: DNAZone-The Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology - Carnegie Mellon University

CNAST Outreach


Organized by members of CNAST, DNAZone is an educational outreach program focused on students in grades K-12. DNAZone attracts students to science by exposing them to modern and exciting, state-of-the art aspects of nucleic acids science. Through this program, CNAST hopes to foster students' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as cultivate an appreciation for collaboration and interdisciplinary work.

The program works to improve student engagement, attitudes and beliefs towards science through three distinct outreach endeavors:

  • Leading hands-on scientific demonstrations at university, community, or other local events
  • Providing professional development to Pittsburgh-area middle and high school science teachers
  • Loaning free resources such as materials and experiment lesson plans to 4th-12th grade science teachers through its Classroom Kit Lending Library

Thank You!

Our faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff scientists all play an integral part in DNAZone. Check it out!

Contact DNAZone

Questions? Comments? Please contact Catalina Achim at 412-268-9588.

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