Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE)

Fun with DNA

Baggie Cell Model

To be held in Hershey Laboratory on the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory campus.

Calling all WiSE girls! Fun with DNA is an entry-level course in DNA science. This camp is designed especially for highly motivated girls 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 week concludes with Parent Participation Day, when the young women in science become teachers and explain the week's activities to visiting parents.

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;
  • interact with female scientists who study cancer, plant biology, and more.

Fun with DNA is for girls entering grade 6 or 7. Fun with DNA is a prerequisite for World of Enzymes.

Tuition is $625 and includes all materials. Fun with DNA runs Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Parent Participation Day is Friday 9:30-11:30 a.m.


DNA Learning Center

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