Be a Scientist: Explore DNA & CRISPR!

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Innovative Genomics Institute

2151 Berkeley Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

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Step into the (close-toed) shoes of a scientist and explore biology at this community-wide science event! Come to the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) on Berkeley campus to experience a range of activities designed for visitors of all ages. Discover the fascinating power of DNA, the instruction manual for life. Hear from scientists about the latest advancements in CRISPR genome editing technology. From the basic foundations of biology to current-edge research, there's something for everyone.

This event will be outside (under an awning if it rains) with a variety of hands-on science-themed activities and experiences:

  • Build a DNA model with candy

  • Play a CRISPR video game

  • Travel inside cells in virtual reality

  • Dress up in lab coats and take a photo

  • Make bracelets and necklaces with lab supplies

  • Extract DNA from strawberries

  • See proteins and DNA in augmented reality

  • Put on science-themed temporary tattoos

  • Lots more!

Meet real scientists and tour real research labs! Please note that we have strict rules about lab tours:

Eventbrite registration does NOT guarantee entry. Tours will begin at 11:20 am and happen every 20 minutes. Space is limited, so arrive early to reserve your spot. Only visitors aged 9 and older are allowed to participate. Close-toed shoes and long pants are required.

This event is part of the Bay Area Science Festival.

The IGI is an academic partnership between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco that supports collaborative research projects across the Bay Area. Our mission is to develop and deploy genome engineering to cure disease, ensure food security, and sustain the environment for current and future generations.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Only visitors 9 and older can go on lab tours, but the rest of the event is open to community members of all ages.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We are conveniently located a few blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Street parking is typically available around the area, with paid meters and free 1- and 2-hr spots.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions may be sent to

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We encourage you to register so that we know how many visitors to expect, but we will not check tickets at the event.

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