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Saturday DNA! Sessions

Add some DNA to your day!

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

  • All seats in every session must be reserved using Eventbrite. We do not accept walk-ins.
  • Sessions are $25.00 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 Cold Spring Harbor, Brooklyn, and Sleepy Hollow. Please check the location when registering for sessions.
    • Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
    • DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech at 62 Tillary Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201*
    • Regeneron DNA Learning Center at 1 Rockwood Road, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
  • 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 at City Tech 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.

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New School Break Bio! sessions also available.     Learn More

Saturday, February 11, 2023 (New Date)

Pollen Tells a Story

circular icon with drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge near DNA Learning Center NYC

In-person @ Brooklyn, NY
DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech

Ages 10–13, with one adult chaperone required

Join us to learn how pollen might provide clues to one of history's oldest mysteries!

Discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991, the 5300-year-old mummy nicknamed Ötzi the Iceman has become an important source of information about the Neolithic. Still, there are many unanswered questions about his life and death. Join us to discover how pollen in Ötzi’s digestive system was used as a forensic tool to create a timeline of where he may have been in the final 36 hours before his untimely demise.

In this session, participants will:

  • learn how to use a compound microscope;
  • explore how pollen can be used to track an individual’s location;
  • discuss theories about Ötzi’s untimely death; and
  • view the DNALC Otzi exhibition, including replicas of the mummy and his belongings.

*Scholarships are available for students with a financial need. To request a scholarship, please email dnalc@cshl.edu with the student’s name and which session they would like to attend.

Details:

  • Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
  • Appropriate for ages 10–13
  • $25 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech
    62 Tillary St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

Pollen graphic in red, blue, and purple by a mountain

Saturday, February 11, 2023

A Royal Ruse

icon with drawing of the DNA Learning Center

In-person @ Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Dolan DNA Learning Center

Ages 10–13, with one adult chaperone required

Join us to solve one of history's most notorious mysteries!

During the Russian Revolution of 1917 the royal family went missing. It was determined that the family was likely murdered, yet in 1920 a mysterious woman resurfaced in Germany and claimed to be the missing Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. Learn about this very interesting time in Russian history and use computers to see how modern science was used to solve the mystery of Anastasia!

Participants will:

  • learn the story of the Romanovs and their disappearance in 1917;
  • collect and interpret forensic evidence;
  • perform DNA comparisons to identify important people; and
  • use evidence to support a claim and solve the mystery.

Details:

  • Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST
  • Appropriate for ages 10–13
  • $25 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center
    334 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

black and white photo of seven members of the Romanov family

Saturday, February 11

Agar Art

circular icon with drawing of the Regeneron DNA Learning Center

In-person @ Sleepy Hollow, NY
Regeneron DNA Learning Center

Ages 10-13, one adult chaperone required

Join us to learn how to "paint" with bacteria and enter your art in the 2023 Agar Art contest!

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 imageries by “painting” with harmless microbes that express colorful proteins as pigment. Pictures of Agar Art created in this workshop are eligible to enter the American Society of Microbiology’s Agar Art 2023 contest!

In this session, participants will:

  • create Agar Art using genetically engineered bacteria; and
  • gain an appreciation for the components of “BioArt” from both scientific and artistic perspectives.

Details:

  • Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
  • Appropriate for ages 10–13
  • $25 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • Regeneron DNALC
    1 Rockwood Road Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

An agar art plate of phage injects its DNA genome into the cytoplasm

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Mendelian Critters: Inheritance of Traits

circular icon with drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge near DNA Learning Center NYC

In-person @ Brooklyn, NY
DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech

Ages 10–13, with one adult chaperone required

Join us to learn about inheritance and build your own creature showcasing traits!

Have you ever wondered how you inherited traits like your eye color, height, or love of certain foods? It’s all coded in your genes! In this session, we will learn about an early scientific discovery that led to our understanding of how traits are passed down from our biological parents and why we don’t look exactly like our parents or siblings. We will then apply these laws of heredity to create fictitious creatures and predict what the next generation will look like.

In this session, participants will:

  • learn how traits are passed down and talk about Gregor Mendel’s scientific discoveries;
  • use Punnett Squares to predict how traits are passed from parents to offspring, then build the resulting offspring; and
  • explore heredity by observing some of their own physical characteristics.

*Scholarships are available for students with a financial need. To request a scholarship, please email dnalc@cshl.edu with the student’s name and which session they would like to attend.

Details:

  • Saturday, March 11, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
  • Appropriate for ages 10–13
  • $25 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • DNA Learning Center NYC at City Tech
    62 Tillary St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

Two critters with egg carton body, moving eyes, pipe cleaner legs, colorful pom pom hair, and curly/staight tails.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

A Day in the Life of the Iceman

icon with drawing of the DNA Learning Center

In-person @ Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Dolan DNA Learning Center

Ages 10–13, with one adult chaperone required

Join us to learn about the mysterious Iceman and what his mummy can tell us about life in the Copper Age!

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.

In this activity, participants will:

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

Details:

  • Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Appropriate for ages 10–13
  • $25 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center
    334 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
  • Directions

Register on Eventbrite

Otzi the Iceman 3D Replica in a exhibition at the DNA Learning Center

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Dust Away Crime

circular icon with drawing of the Regeneron DNA Learning Center

In-person @ Sleepy Hollow, NY
Regeneron DNA Learning Center

Ages 10–13, with one adult chaperone required

Join us to learn about the fascinating field of fingerprints!

For over a century, fingerprints have been used in criminal investigations. Because an individual’s fingerprints are unique, they can be used to link a suspect to a crime. Join us to learn about the many ways criminologists use fingerprints and try some modern techniques for fingerprint collection and analysis.

In this session, participants will:

  • analyze your own unique fingerprints;
  • learn how to dust for prints; and
  • attempt to match “suspect” prints to “evidence.”

Details:

  • Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • 1:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
  • Appropriate for ages 10–13
  • $25 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • Regeneron DNALC
    1 Rockwood Road Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
  • Directions

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Past Event

Pathogens, Plasmids, and Petri Dishes–Oh My!

icon with drawing of the DNA Learning Center

In-person @ Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Dolan DNA Learning Center

Ages 14–Adult

Join us to learn about an incredibly common life form that's both friend and foe–bacteria!

Bacteria have inhabited our planet longer than any other life form, and live almost everywhere on Earth! Humans rely on bacteria for their health and wellbeing, but there are a small fraction of bacterial species that are pathogenic to humans. Join us to investigate how we have learned to combat infectious bacteria over the last century.

In this activity, participants will:

  • earn about the history of antibiotics and how they work;
  • how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics;
  • observe the effect of two antibiotics on two different strains of bacteria; and
  • explore alternative methods to treating bacterial infections.

Details:

  • Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
  • Appropriate for ages 14–Adult
  • $25 per student plus Eventbrite fee
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center
    334 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
  • Directions
3d graphic of bacteria cell in green