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June 29 – July 2*
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31
August 3 – 7
August 10 – 14
August 17 – 21
August 24 – 28
Aug 31 – Sep 4

Dolan DNA Learning Center & Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WISE Fun with DNA
for girls
 

Regeneron DNA Learning Center, Sleepy Hollow

DNA Learning Center NYC, Brooklyn

 
 
 
June 29 – July 2*
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 30
August 3 – 7
August 10 – 14
August 17 – 21
August 24 – 28
Aug 31 – Sep 4

*June 29 to July 3: Camps in this week are scheduled for four days due to the Independence Day holiday;
there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd. Parent Participation Day is on Thursday 2:30–4:30.

 

Times for Parent Participation Days

Parent Participation Days are held on the Friday of each middle school level camp, beginning at 9:30 a.m or 11:30 a.m. The exception is the week of the Independence Day holiday*. See below for the time for your child's camp. Be sure you are checking the correct camp location!

June 29 – July 2*
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31
August 3 – 7
August 10 – 14
August 17 – 21
August 24 – 28
Aug 31 – Sep 4

Dolan DNA Learning Center & Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor

Fun with DNA*
Parent Day: Thu 2:30 pm
World of Enzymes
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Fun with DNA
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Green Genes

Parent Day: 11:30 am
World of Enzymes
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Fun with DNA
Parent Day: 9:30 am
World of Enzymes
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Fun with DNA
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Fun with DNA
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Fun with DNA
Parent Day: 9:30 am
World of Enzymes*
Parent Day: Thu 2:30 pm
Forensic Detectives
Parent Day: 11:30 am
DNA Barcoding
DNA Science
Genome Science
Green Genes

Parent Day: 11:30 am
Forensic Detectives
Parent Day: 11:30 am
World of Enzymes
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Forensic Detectives
Parent Day: 11:30 am
World of Enzymes
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Green Genes*
Parent Day: Thu 2:30 pm
DNA Science
 
BioCoding
 
DNA Science
Being Human
Green Genes
Parent Day: 11:30 am
DNA Science
Green Genes
Parent Day: 11:30 am
Genome Science 
DNA Science
 
 
 
DNA Barcoding
 
DNA Science
Sequence a Genome!
DNA Science
 
 BioCoding
 
 
 
 
STARS
STARS
WISE
Fun with DNA for Girls
Parent Day: 9:30 am
 

Regeneron DNA Learning Center, Sleepy Hollow

Fun with DNA*

Parent Day: Thu 2:30 pm
DNA Science
World of Enzymes
Parent Day: 9:30 am
DNA Science
DNA Barcoding
Forensic Detectives
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Genome Science
Fun with DNA

Parent Day: 9:30 am
Green Genes

Parent Day: 9:30 am
World of Enzymes
Parent Day: 9:30 am

DNA Learning Center NYC, Brooklyn

Fun with DNA*

Parent Day: Thu 2:30 pm
 
 
 
DNA Science
DNA Barcoding
DNA Science
Forensic Detectives
Parent Day: 9:30 am
Fun with DNA

Parent Day: 9:30 am
World of Enzymes
Parent Day: 9:30 am
June 29 – July 2*
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31
August 3 – 7
August 10 – 14
August 17 – 21
August 24 – 28
Aug 31 – Sep 4

Fun with DNA

Fun with DNA is an entry-level course in DNA science. This camp is designed especially for highly motivated students interested in expanding their knowledge of basic genetics and cell biology. Students are immersed in an environment of hands on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology. Students will:

  • construct cell and DNA models;
  • use compound microscopes to view various cell types;
  • extract DNA from their own cells and from plants;
  • use stereo microscopes to observe mutations in fruit flies; and
  • genetically engineer bacteria cells with firefly genes.

*June 29 to July 2: Camps in this week are scheduled for four days due to the Independence Day holiday; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd. Parent Participation Day is on Thursday 2:30–4:30.

Details:

  • Grades: entering 6–7
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Parent Day is  Friday 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • $550 per student

Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE)

Fun with DNA

Cold Spring Harbor location only

Calling all WiSE girls! Fun with DNA is an entry-level course in DNA science. This camp is designed for highly motivated girls interested in expanding their knowledge of basic genetics and cell biology. Students are immersed in hands on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology. The week concludes with Parent Participation Day, when the young women in science become teachers and explain the week's activities.

With support from WiSE, participants will have the unique opportunity to tour the Laboratory's campus, meet CSHL women in science to learn about  current research at the lab, and most importantly, be inspired to pursue their interest in science! Students will:

  • construct cell and DNA models;
  • extract DNA from plant and cells;
  • use stereo microscopes to observe mutations in fruit flies and roundworms;
  • genetically engineer bacteria cells with firefly genes;
  • tour the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory campus and see real research labs; and
  • interact with female scientists who study cancer, plant biology, and more.

Details:

  • Held on the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory campus
  • Grades: entering 6–7
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Parent Day is Friday 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • $660 per student

World of Enzymes

Developed as a sequel to the popular Fun with DNA camp, World of Enzymes builds on basic concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology and enables students to utilize advanced techniques to manipulate DNA. Through direct observation and manipulation of enzymes, participants develop an understanding of the importance of proteins, not only in living things, but also in recombinant DNA technology, cloning, and industry. Participants will:

  • build molecular models;
  • observe enzymes in action that are used for food production and healthcare;
  • use enzymes to cut and splice DNA;
  • analyze DNA fragments with gel electrophoresis; and
  • make a personal DNA fingerprint.

*June 29 to July 2: Camps in this week are scheduled for four days due to the Independence Day holiday; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd. Parent Participation Day is on Thursday 2:30–4:30.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 8, or Fun with DNA alumni entering grade 7
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Parent Day is Friday 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • $550 per student

Green Genes

Green Genes is a challenging summer camp designed to apply the knowledge gained in Fun with DNA and World of Enzymes. In this biotechnology camp, students learn more about the practical applications of recombinant DNA technology.

Through a series of lab experiments, students utilize many of the same techniques employed by pharmaceutical companies to produce human insulin. Through cloning and expressing the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) gene, normally found in the Pacific jellyfish Aequoria victoria, students work each day towards a final goal of extracting and purifying a jellyfish protein from genetically engineered bacteria. Each experiment acts as a stepping stone for the next day's work, requiring students to demonstrate proper lab techniques. Students will:

  • use enzymes to cut and paste genes to form a functional plasmid;
  • analyze results with gel electrophoresis;
  • genetically engineer bacteria to produce a visible protein;
  • use polymerase chain reaction to amplify DNA fragments; and
  • isolate and purify GFP using chromatography.

*June 29 to July 2: Camps in this week are scheduled for four days due to the Independence Day holiday; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd. Parent Participation Day is on Thursday 2:30–4:30.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 9 or World of Enzymes alumni entering grade 8
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Parent Day is Friday, see schedule
  • $550 per student

Forensic Detectives

With the popularity of shows such as Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) the true nature of forensic science is often glamorized. As a result, TV viewers don’t have a true understanding of the field. Although DNA fingerprinting is a useful technique for forensic scientists, it certainly isn’t the only method used to solve crimes. Through a series of forensic labs and activities, participants will experience forensics in a more realistic fashion than conveyed during prime time. Participants will:

  • use techniques employed by CSI experts to analyze a "crime scene" and collect evidence such as fibers, fingerprints, footprints, hair, and blood;
  • explore areas of forensic science including pathology, entomology, and forensic profiling;
  • investigate the science behind evidence like fingerprints and blood spatter;
  • perform a real DNA analysis and interpret the results; and
  • learn about different techniques used for DNA analysis and discuss the pros and cons of this type of evidence.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 9–10
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Parent Day is Friday, see schedule
  • $550 per student

DNA Science

The inauguration of the Human Genome Project in 1988 marked the beginning of a national commitment to apply DNA technology toward understanding human health and development. Biologists have gained the extraordinary ability to dissect any of the approximately 30,000 genes that compose human chromosomes. Tracing the molecular pathway through which hereditary information flows between DNA, RNA, and protein has added rich detail to our understanding of how human life develops from fertilized egg to adulthood.

The abstract nature of molecular genetics can best be overcome by approaching the subject in the same manner as scientists - by asking questions and doing experiments. The DNA Science curriculum introduces high school and college students with little or no research experience in molecular genetics to the elegant tools of modern biotechnology, and is centered around laboratory work. Each experiment acts as a stepping stone for the next. Students begin with the basic techniques of DNA restriction, transformation, and isolation; then apply them to the construction and analysis of a simple recombinant. Students will:

  • examine bacterial growth curves using the E.coli genetic system;
  • evaluate the difference between the rapid and classical method of bacterial transformation by calculating transformation efficiencies using pAMP and pKAN plasmids;
  • perform a restriction analysis and gel electrophoresis, then graph the results to understand COS sites; and
  • digest plasmids with restriction enzymes, ligate the fragments together, then transform the recombinant-DNA, and finally perform a plasmid minipreparation of the new recombinant to identify how it originally ligated.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grades 10–12
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • $635 per student

Being Human

Cold Spring Harbor location only

Physical anthropologists combine biological and cultural research to study how humans developed and how that history shapes our existence. The legacy of seven million years of hominin evolution impacts us in many ways, including our health, genetics, and appearance. Meanwhile, our extensive cultural development sets us apart from other animals and constantly impacts our lives.

In this introductory anthropology camp, participants will examine how physical, biochemical, fossil, and cultural evidence can be used to build a picture of how humans evolved. Labs explore early human evolution, modern human variation, and the interaction of biology and culture. Students will:

  • test hypotheses about human evolution using modern anthropometric and physiological lab techniques;
  • investigate what Ötzi the Iceman, a 5300-year-old mummy from Italy, tells us about how our ancestors lived in the Copper Age;
  • analyze their own DNA to better understand human migration across the globe and identify DNA variations that played a role in our evolution; and
  • examine materials from the eugenics movement to learn how misunderstandings about genetic variation in modern humans were used inappropriately to engineer American society.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grades 10–12
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • $635 per student

DNA Barcoding

Experience the process of science in this project-based camp.  A short "DNA barcode" (about 600 nucleotides in length) is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that can potentially identify any living thing. DNA barcoding projects allow students to link molecular genetics to ecology and evolution—with the potential to contribute new scientific knowledge about biodiversity, conservation biology, and human effects on the environment. Students will:

  • extract and amplify DNA from tissue samples;
  • use computers to analyze DNA sequences and identify species of origin;
  • create phylogenetic trees to display genetic and evolutionary relationship; and
  • complete an open-ended project to investigate food fraud or study biodiversity.

Details:

  • Grades: DNA Science alumni entering grades 10–12
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • $635 per student

BioCoding

Cold Spring Harbor location only

Computers have revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives, including life science research. Unfortunately, a visit to most science classrooms would leave you with the impression that biology is only about microscopes and dissections. In fact, biology is in the middle of its biggest "revolution" as bioinformatics — the use of computing technologies to manage and understand biological data—changes how we understand everything from genomes to ecosystems.

This camp introduces the basic skills necessary for bioinformatics and will equip motivated students with knowledge that will serve them well after the course is completed. Participating students should have an introductory knowledge of biology, but little to no knowledge of computer programming or bioinformatics is required. Basic typing proficiency and a strong interest in problem solving is recommended. Students will also learn basic molecular biology techniques with a hands-on laboratory to isolate and sequence DNA from biological samples; the data generated will be analyzed using common bioinformatics techniques, tools, and databases. Students will:

  • learn about and use the Linux operating system;
  • write computer programs in the Python programming language;
  • extract and sequence DNA samples in the lab using PCR;
  • manipulate and analyze DNA and protein sequence data; and
  • explore online biological sequence databases.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 11–12  and have taken DNA Science or have a high level of training in the sciences (documentation required)
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • $635 per student

Genome Science

The term genome was coined in 1920 by the German botanist Hans Winkler. A combination of the words gene and chromosome, a genome is the set of genes located on one or more chromosomes that defines a living organism. The concept of a genome has been expanded to mean the entire sequence of DNA nucleotides or "letters" (ATGC) that compose the genetic information within an organism's set of chromosomes, or all of its genes. Complete genome sequences are now available for humans and many plants and animals. With this information in hand, the next step is for scientists to understand the physiological functions of the thousands of genes for which little is known beyond their sequences.

In this camp, participants will use Nobel Prize-winning technologies to analyze the genetic complement of several organisms. Lab work will include:

  • using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and DNA sequencing to explore variations in the human genome—and then bioinformatics to explore human origins and migrations with the data;
  • using PCR to explore the relationship between genotype and phenotype for a taste receptor that affects the ability to taste the bitter chemical phenylthiocarbamide (PTC);
  • using PCR to identify genetically modified plants and food products;
  • using methylation-sensitive enzymes to explore epigenetics—heritable changes in gene expression—that affect flowering in Arabidopsis; and
  • using online bioinformatic tools for genomic analysis and gene mapping.

*June 29 to July 2: Camps in this week are scheduled for four days due to the Independence Day holiday; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd.

Details:

  • Grades: strictly limited to students entering grade 11–12, and have taken DNA Science or AP Biology (documentation from school required)
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • $635 per student

NEW for 2020

Sequence a Genome!

Cold Spring Harbor location only

A genome is the DNA that holds the code of an organism - a “blueprint” of its parts and controls to make them work. In 2003, scientists published the first complete sequence of the human genome, more than 3 billion DNA nucleotides in length! This global effort – kicked-off at Cold Spring Harbor – took more than 10 years to complete and cost about $3 billion dollars. Today, we can sequence an entire human genome in a matter of hours, for less than $1000 dollars.

In this course, we will use small, affordable Nanopore DNA sequencers, which plug into a computer through a USB drive, to do real-time DNA sequencing. Students will generate complete, composite sequences of their own mitochondrial genomes and the class will "adopt" an organism to sequence as a research project. They will make use of bioinformatics and data science to assemble the genome sequences and explore what DNA reveals about humans and other living things. The class will also explore genomics applications, ethics, and the revolutionary effects of high throughput sequencing in health, agriculture, and other fields.

Prerequisites: Completion of DNA Science and one other DNALC advanced camp (Genome Science, BioCoding, or DNA Barcoding) or similar experience (molecular biology lab experience and/or coding experience will be considered)

Details:

  • Grades: strictly limited to students entering grade 11–12, and have taken DNA Science and one other DNALC advanced camp (Similar experience will be considered, documentation required)
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • $635 per student

Separate application plus additional documentation required

STARS (Science Technology & Research Scholars) STEM Program for Minority Students

August 10–21, 2020

Cold Spring Harbor location only

STARS is a two-week summer research experience designed to support the next generation of minority scientists, doctors, and other health professionals. This program provides students with state-of-the-art laboratory and computer science skills needed to succeed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in college and beyond.

Students conduct hands-on science and computer projects and participate in enrichment activities including discussions with researchers and tours of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Stony Brook University campuses. After the two-week program, students also have a line of communication to mentors who can provide advice on finding future research experiences and preparing for college.

Classes run Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Stony Brook field trip day concludes at 6:00 p.m.). No transportation is provided; parents are responsible for on-time drop-off and pickup.

Students build skills in three areas:

Molecular Biology

  • Acquire basic biological/biomedical laboratory skills such as laboratory safety, DNA extraction and analysis, DNA sequencing, and other molecular biology techniques
  • Work on a complete research project using DNA barcoding to identify species of invertebrates, insects or plants in their environment

Coding and Data Science

  • Learn the basics of computer coding (in the Python language) and fundamental data science skills
  • Learn how to write code in order to analyze biological data

Science and Career Skills for Success

  • Understand how to develop science research questions
  • Communicate the results of research, including writing, speaking, and presentation skills
  • Explore career opportunities in science and understand how to prepare for success (writing a resume, finding a mentor, effective study techniques)

Eligibility:

The STARS program is limited to 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); eligible students have completed the 9th grade.

All accepted students have the $1,200 tuition waived. As part of their service as scholars, students have a community engagement responsibility, including a presentation at the end of their research experience and helping to recruit and support future STAR scholars.

Application Requirements:

  • A personal statement on why students want to apply (500 words or less).
  • A letter of recommendation from a science, math, technology or other STEM teacher.
  • (Optional) a report card or transcript (grades from at least Fall 2019 classes).
  • Completed Parent/Guardian Certification form, signed by Parent/Guardian and a teacher or principal.
  • Application:

Applications should be completed/postmarked by April 17, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be on or before April 30, 2020, with late applications being accepted until enrollment is full. Applications submitted after the camp fills will be waitlisted. Contact Jason Williams at the DNA Learning Center at williams@cshl.edu with questions.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grades 10–12
  • Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.(Stony Brook field trip day will conclude at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Scholarships available
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