Saturday DNA! Sessions

Add some DNA to your day!

Join us for exciting new Saturday DNA! sessions!
Eventbrite is used for Saturday DNA! registration and payment.

  • All seats, in every session, must be reserved using Eventbrite. We do not accept walk-ins.
  • Sessions are $24.00 per person, per session plus Eventbrite registration fee.
  • All sessions are two hours long: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. OR 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • The sessions are held at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 OR OR the DNALC NYC at City Tech, 62 Tillary Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201*. Please check the location when registering for sessions.
  • The name and email address of each ticket purchaser must be included on your Eventbrite registration. We will not honor reservations that fail to provide this information. If you do not provide this information, your reservation will be cancelled and your registration fee will be refunded.
  • Seats for each session are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A chaperone 18 or older required for students under 13. Chaperones must purchase tickets and fully participate in all activities.
  • Face masks are optional.

* DNALC NYC Only: Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, City Tech policy is that all visitors 18 or older must show proof of full vaccination (defined as two weeks after the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after the two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) in order to enter the building. Adults who are not fully vaccinated must have a negative COVID PCR test performed within 7 days of the event date in order to attend—no exceptions will be made. COVID documentation, along with a photo ID, must be shown to City Tech Security when you arrive.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

In-person @ DNALC NYC, Brooklyn, NY

Agar Art

Ages 10–Adult, adult chaperone required for students under 13.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will create artistic masterpieces with glowing bacteria.

Traditional laboratory techniques utilized by scientists to study the world on both a macroscopic and microscopic scale can also be used to create unique works of art. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn multiple techniques to create unique “paintings” with harmless microbes that express colorful proteins as pigment. A link will be sent to all participants the week after class with their artistic results.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) hosts an annual Agar Art contest. The theme this year is “Your Favorite Microbiologist”. If you want to enter the agar art contest, we recommend bringing pictures or drawings of your favorite microbiologist to use as a guide.

In this session, participants will:

  • learn how bacteria can be engineered to produce different fluorescent proteins;
  • create agar art using genetically engineered bacteria; and
  • have the chance to submit art to the ASM Agar Art contest.

Details:

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Appropriate for ages 10–adult
  • $24 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech
    62 Tillary St Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

DNA agar art DNALC NYC

Saturday, October 22, 2022

In-person @ DNALC NYC, Brooklyn, NY

Cancer Cells Under the Scope

Ages 13–18

Did you know that some cells are considered to be “immortal”? The first immortal human cells to be grown in a lab were HeLa cells, a cancer cell line taken from a woman named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or permission. Join us to discuss the story of Henrietta Lacks, how her cells have shaped cancer research, and the importance of ethics in biomedical research. We will also look at chromosomes from cancer cells under a microscope and learn about karyotyping and how karyotypes can be used to detect chromosomal abnormalities.

In this session, participants will:

  • Look at human chromosome spreads under a microscope;
  • simulate human karyotyping using chromosome models; and
  • discuss the story of Henrietta Lacks and the importance of ethics in biomedical research.

*Scholarships: Scholarships are available upon request for students with a financial need and students who are Underrepresented Minorities in STEM – defined by the National Science Foundation as Black or African American; American Indian or Native Alaskan; Hispanic or Latino; and Native Pacific Islander. To request a scholarship, please email dnalc@ cshl.edu with the student’s name and why you are requesting a scholarship (financial need and/or URM in STEM).

Details:

  • Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Appropriate for ages 10–adult
  • $24 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech
    62 Tillary St Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

fabric chromosome

Saturday, October 29, 2022

In-person @ DNALC NYC, Brooklyn, NY

Halloween at the DNA Learning Center NYC

Ages 10–13 session, no adult chaperone required.

Join us to do hands-on science experiments with a Halloween theme. Costumes are welcome!

What is DNA and where is it stored in a cell? We will extract DNA from pumpkins. We will then make candy models of DNA and learn how DNA mutations can lead to mutant creatures.

In this activity, you will:

  • Learn how to extract DNA from cells;
  • create a model of DNA from candy; and
  • observe mutant fruit flies (D. melanogaster) and roundworms (C. elegans).

Ages 13–16 session

Join us for a Halloween-themed morning of science!

Join us to do hands-on science experiments with a Halloween theme. Costumes are welcome!

To identify species of plants and their relationships to each other, we can use a technique called DNA Barcoding. To learn about the principles of DNA Barcoding, with a spooky twist, we will learn how to extract DNA from pumpkins. We will then learn how to classify organisms based on shared traits and DNA relationships, modeling phylogenetic trees using candy bars.

In this activity, you will:

  • Learn how to extract DNA from plant cells;
  • learn about evolutionary relationships between species; and
  • build a phylogenetic tree using traits of candy bars.

Details:

  • Saturday, October 29, 2022
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT
  • 2 sessions: Ages 10–13 and Ages 13–16
  • $24 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech
    62 Tillary St Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Directions

Ages 10–13 Session Ages 13–16 Session

candy phylogenetics tree

Saturday, November 12, 2022

In-person @ DNALC NYC, Brooklyn, NY

Compare Yourself to a Plant!

Ages 10-13, no adult chaperone required.

Use microscopes to learn how you compare to a plant!

Ever wonder how your own cells differ from a plant cell? Join us to find out! In this activity you will:

  • Learn how to make slides with your own cheek cells and plant cells;
  • stain the cells and visualize under a microscope;
  • compare and contrast animal and plant cells; and
  • look at living organisms from the East River or Prospect Park Lake, if time allows.

Details:

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST
  • Appropriate for ages 10–13
  • $24 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech
    62 Tillary St Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

Saturday, November 19, 2022

In-person @ DNALC NYC, Brooklyn, NY

Mystery of Anastasia

Ages 10-13, no adult chaperone required.

Join us to puzzle out the answers to a century old royal mystery!

Many stories have been told about the Romanovs, the last Royal Family of Russia. In 1918, when the Romanovs went missing, there were rumors that the family was murdered. Yet in 1920, a woman resurfaced in Germany claiming to be Princess Anastasia. What evidence did she have? Could she be lying? Did anyone believe her? Join us and uncover answers to The Mystery of Anastasia!

In this session, participants will:

  • perform a computer based lab;
  • collect and analyze forensic evidence; and
  • compare DNA sequences to determine the mystery woman’s identity.

Details:

  • Saturday, November 19, 2022
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST
  • Appropriate for ages 10–adult
  • $24 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech
    62 Tillary St Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

Romanovs family photo