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 am – noon.
  • The sessions are held at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724.
  • 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.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

In-person

Tracking Traits

Ages 10-13

Since the beginning of human history, people have wondered how traits are inherited from one generation to the next. We inherit traits from our parents, but we don’t look exactly like them, or the siblings we share parents with! In this session, we will explore how traits are inherited and how early experiments led to documentation of the “laws of heredity.” We will then apply these laws to build a fictitious organism, with traits it inherited from its parents.

Participants will:

  • observe how chromosomes separate during cell division with compound microscopes;
  • use Punnett Squares to predict how traits are passed from parents to offspring, then build the resulting offspring;
  • explore heredity by observing some of their own physical characteristics.

*This session is for ages 10-13; no adult chaperone required. Adults are not permitted to participate in workshops with students due to COVID-19 protocols.

*Please view the DNALC's COVID-19 Safety Net policy.

*Participants must provide proof that they are either fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after the single Johnson & Johnson shot or two weeks after the second shot of the two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) or have a negative COVID-19 test done within five days of this session in order to attend this workshop. No exceptions will be made to this policy. You will receive a link by email to upload this documentation directly to the DNALC after registration. Masks are required at the DNALC regardless of vaccination status.

Details:

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • 10:00 a.m.–noon EDT
  • Appropriate for ages 10-13
  • $24 per student
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center
    334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

traits

Saturday, November 13, 2021

In-person

A BOLD Connection

Ages 12-15

When art meets science, it is a BOLD connection. Seattle-based artist Joseph Rossano partnered with biologists to engage the public around the science of DNA barcoding and how it is being used to catalog the world's vast—and threatened—biodiversity. Rossano’s series BOLD is named for the Barcode of Life Data Systems, and is currently on display at the DNALC. Come learn about the science of DNA barcoding, how it gives us a deeper understanding of the natural world and explore ways art can be used to bridge the gap between scientists and the general public.

Participants will:

  • tour the BOLD exhibit;
  • learn how DNA barcodes can be used to uncover hidden biodiversity;
  • create Joe Rossano-inspired biodiversity art.

*This session is for ages 12-15; no adult chaperone required. Adults are not permitted to participate in workshops with students due to COVID-19 protocols.

*Please view the DNALC's COVID-19 Safety Net policy.

*Participants must provide proof that they are either fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after the single Johnson & Johnson shot or two weeks after the second shot of the two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) or have a negative COVID-19 test done within five days of this session in order to attend this workshop. No exceptions will be made to this policy. You will receive a link by email to upload this documentation directly to the DNALC after registration. Masks are required at the DNALC regardless of vaccination status.

Details:

  • Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • 10:00 a.m.–noon EDT
  • Appropriate for ages 12-15
  • $24 per student
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center
    334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

traits

Saturday, December 11, 2021

In-person

A Day in the Life of the Iceman

Ages 10–13

Five thousand years ago a man – now known as Ötzi the Iceman - lost his life on an alpine glacier near the border between Italy and Austria. Against all odds, his body and many of the items he carried were well preserved. In 1991, he was discovered by hikers and since then scientists have been using modern technology and analyses to uncover his secrets. Come join us to help unravel some of the Iceman’s deepest mysteries.

Participants will:

  • investigate the scene of the Iceman’s discovery and what some of the items found with his body tell us about life during the Neolithic;
  • use microscopes to determine what types of animals were used to create his “wardrobe” and some of his tools;
  • explore our exhibit and see the first full-size replica of the Iceman’s mummy, and his artifacts.

*This session is for ages 10–13; no adult chaperone required. Adults are not permitted to participate in workshops with students due to COVID-19 protocols.

*Please view the DNALC's COVID-19 Safety Net policy.

*Participants must provide proof that they are either fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after the single Johnson & Johnson shot or two weeks after the second shot of the two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) or have a negative COVID-19 test done within five days of this session in order to attend this workshop. No exceptions will be made to this policy. You will receive a link by email to upload this documentation directly to the DNALC after registration. Masks are required at the DNALC regardless of vaccination status.

Details:

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • 10:00 a.m.–noon EDT
  • Appropriate for ages 10–13
  • $24 per student
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center
    334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

traits