SCC welcomes “Designer Genes” at NCSciFest 2022 | News


Sandhills Community College will present “Designer Genes” on Wednesday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dempsey Student Center on the Pinehurst campus. “Designer Genes” will be a partnership between the CSC Department of Science and the Student Government Association and is an official event of the 2022 North Carolina Science Festival (NCSciFest), presented by the Biogen Foundation.

“Designer Genes” will include several hands-on activity stations that will challenge attendees to learn about DNA, cellular components, the genetic makeup of organisms, viruses, gene editing, and GMOs. Participants will end their genetic exploration by posting thoughts on what they have learned on the Gene Graffiti Board. Everyone will receive a genetic passport, receive a stamp at each station and be entered to win a prize.

There is no cost to participate in the event and the public is welcome to attend.

As the official event of NCSciFest 2022, “Designer Genes” is one of hundreds of April community events showcasing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for people of all ages in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Science Festival, founded in 2010 by Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, is the premier statewide science festival in the United States. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2022, the Festival continues to showcase the economic, educational, and cultural impact of science in North Carolina. The theme for NCSciFest 2022 is “Engineering Tomorrow” – a celebration of the “E” in STEM and a chance to explore how science can help solve the challenges ahead.

“We continue to be amazed by the incredible work our partners are doing to celebrate science,” says Festival Director Jonathan Frederick. “From storytelling at local library events to nighttime sky-watching extravaganzas, there really is something for everyone.

The North Carolina Science Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit


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