World of Enzymes

Intro to enzymes in molecular biology and industry

Students collaborate around a centrifuge

World of Enzymes is offered in-person as well as virtually live and on-demand.

In-person 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.

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 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
  • Available at:
    DNA Learning Center DNA Learning Center NYC

Virtual World of Enzymes

Virtual World of Enzymes builds on basic concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology, and introduces students to advanced genetic engineering techniques. In this online camp, participants will develop an understanding of the importance of proteins—not only in living things, but also in research and industry. Through a series of fun, hands-on labs, campers will:

  • explore enzyme function and test factors that affect the rate of enzyme reactions;
  • demonstrate how enzymes are used in the food production and healthcare industries;
  • genetically engineer bacteria to make new enzymes; and
  • test the effectiveness of different enzymes found in common household detergents.

 

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 8, or Fun with DNA alumni entering grade 7
  • Monday–Friday 9:30–11:30 a.m. or 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • $450 per student Live, $350 On-Demand
  • Available:
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