Fun with DNA

Get started with DNALC camps with this entry-level course in DNA science!

Fun with DNA Parent day

As the first in the DNALC series of camps, Fun with DNA is offered in-person as well as virtually live and on-demand. In addition, in collaboration with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE), we have developed a special expanded version of the camp just for girls, WiSE Fun with DNA.

In-person 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. The in-person version of this camp includes all of the labs from Live Virtual and On-Demand Fun with DNA, but incorporates microscopy and bacterial labs that can only be completed in the lab.

Campers 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.

Details:

  • Entering grades 6–7
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Parent Day Friday time TBD
  • Week of 7/5 camp is Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Parent Day Friday following camp
  • $550 per student In-person
  • Available at:
    DNA Learning Center DNA Learning Center NYC

Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE)

In-person Fun with DNA for Girls

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.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to meet CSHL women in science to learn about current research at the Lab, participate in special WiSE activities, 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;
  • participate in special WiSE activities each afternoon; and
  • meet female scientists who study cancer, plant biology, neuroscience, and more.

Details:

  • Entering grades 6–7
  • Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Parent Day Friday time TBD
  • $660 per student
  • Available at:
    DNA Learning Center

Virtual Fun with DNA

Fun with DNA is an online 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. Participants will conduct hands-on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in genetics. Campers will:

  • construct cell and DNA models;
  • magnify and view different cell types;
  • extract DNA from animal and plant cells;
  • observe fruit flies with genetic mutations; and
  • use Punnett squares to explore the laws of heredity.

Details:

  • Entering grades 6–7
  • Monday–Friday 9:30 a.m –12:00 p.m. or 1:00–3:30 p.m.
  • $450 per student Live, $350 On-Demand
  • Available:
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