Spring Break Fun

at the Dolan DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor!

We are excited to welcome students to the DNALC for these in-person programs!

The DNALC is committed to providing a safe place for hands-on science. Depending on prevailing circumstances and CDC and New York State Health Department guidelines, our COVID-19 Safety Net provides for distanced workstations, individual equipment, daily health surveys and temperature monitoring, and weekly COVID-19 testing of instructors.

Eventbrite is used for Spring Break registration and payment.

  • Reservations for each session must be made through Eventbrite.
  • Sessions are $25 per session, plus Eventbrite registration fee.
  • Sessions for 5–8 grades are scheduled in the mornings, and 9–12 grades in the afternoons.
  • Seats for each session are limited to 8 students and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Parents will receive an email prior to registered programs with instructions for drop off and daily health surveys.

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Diversity of Life (Grades 5-8)

Examine the five kingdoms of life at the microscopic level! Use compound microscopes to view samples of animal, plant, fungi, protist, and bacteria cells at up to 400x magnification for an exploration of biodiversity. Compare and contrast different cell types, learn how scientists classify living things, and prepare your own wet mount slides.

Details:

  • Monday, March 29, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Appropriate for grades 5-8
  • $25 per student
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The Diversity of Life (Grades 5-8)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Bacterial Transformation (Grades 9-12)

Bacterial transformation illustrates the direct link between an organism's genetic complement (genotype) and its observable characteristics (phenotype). In this genetic engineering experiment, you will introduce two genes, one for antibiotic resistance and one for fluorescence, into the bacterium E. coli. You will compare transformed bacteria to non-transformed bacteria, examining their ability to grow in the presence of ampicillin and glow when exposed to ultraviolet light.

This lab is required by the College Board as part of the Genetics and Information Transfer unit in AP Biology and the technique is also introduced in the Biotechnology unit of the NYS Regents Living Environment course.

Details:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Appropriate for grades 9-12
  • $25 per student
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Bacterial Transformation (Grades 9-12)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Infectious Disease (Grades 5-8)

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogens that enter and use our bodies to survive and reproduce. During the infection process, we often have symptoms that require a visit to the doctor. Treatment of a disease depends on the specific pathogen. Some diseases lack effective treatments, so we rely on preventative measures like vaccines instead. Join us to perform lab experiments that explore bacteria and viruses, the two most common pathogens we regularly encounter. Learn why approaches to treatment and prevention vary between pathogens and the important role genes play in their fitness and survival.

Details:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Appropriate for grades 5-8
  • $25 per student
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Infectious Disease (Grades 5-8)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Restriction Analysis (Grades 9-12)

The DNA restriction analysis experiment demonstrates that DNA can be precisely manipulated and that it behaves as predicted by the Watson-Crick structure. In this lab, restriction enzymes—the scissors of molecular biology—are used to digest DNA from the bacteriophage lambda. Agarose gel electrophoresis will allow for visualization of the results.

This lab is required by the College Board as part of the Genetics and Information Transfer unit in AP Biology, and the technique is also introduced in the Biotechnology unit of the NYS Regents Living Environment course.

Details:

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Appropriate for grades 9-12
  • $25 per student
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Restriction Analysis (Grades 9-12)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Mendelian Genetics: Build a Creature (Grades 5-8)

Gregor Mendel is known as the father of modern genetics. In the mid-1800’s he made groundbreaking observations of heredity that are now the foundation of our understanding of genetics. Join us to learn about Gregor Mendel’s laws of inheritance and how tools called Punnett squares use these laws to predict patterns of heredity. Then, build a creature with a unique set of “genetic” traits determined by a randomly selected set of genes - or alleles - from its “parents.”

Details:

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Appropriate for grades 5-8
  • $25 per student
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Mendelian Genetics: Build a Creature (Grades 5-8)

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Agar Art (Grades 9-12)

Join us for some STEAM!

Traditional laboratory techniques used by scientists to study the world on both a macroscopic and microscopic scale can also be used to make interesting works of art! In this session, you will create unique images using genetically engineered glowing bacteria as your “paint” and agar Petri dishes as your “canvas.”

Details:

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Appropriate for grades 9-12
  • $25 per student
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Agar Art (Grades 9-12)

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Agar Art (Grades 5-8)

Join us for some STEAM!

Traditional laboratory techniques used by scientists to study the world on both a macroscopic and microscopic scale can also be used to make interesting works of art! In this session, you will create unique images using genetically engineered glowing bacteria as your “paint” and agar Petri dishes as your “canvas.”

Details:

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Appropriate for grades 5-8
  • $25 per student
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Agar Art (Grades 5-8)

Friday, April 2, 2021

Purification of Green Fluorescent Protein (Grades 6-8)

In 2008 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists “for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP).” GFP is a fluorescent protein that was first isolated from a jellyfish called Aequoria victoria in 1961. Join us to explore how some jellyfish use GFP in nature, how molecular biologists have learned to use the protein in their research, and how to extract and purify GFP from genetically engineered bacteria.

Details:

  • Friday, April 2, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Appropriate for grades 6-8
  • $25 per student
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Purification of Green Fluorescent Protein (Grades 6-8)