DNA Learning Center NYC
Brooklyn, NY

DNALC NYC at City Tech is now open! The new lab, a collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY), is located at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in Brooklyn. Currently, there is one 32-student lab classroom available for field trips, but we are rapidly expanding—in 2021 a new space at City Tech will include six teaching labs with state-of-the-art equipment, two bioinformatics labs, and an interactive exhibit.

DNALC NYC at CityTech: 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201 (Enter at 259 Adams Street)

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
 
 
 

*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.

Fun with DNA (DNALC NYC at CityTech location)

June 29–July 2*, August 24–28, 2020

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 or 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

World of Enzymes (DNALC NYC at CityTech location)

August 31–September 4, 2020

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 is Friday 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • $550 per student

Forensic Detectives (DNALC NYC at CityTech location)

August 17–21, 2020

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;
  • learn about different techniques used for DNA analysis and discuss the pros and cons of this type of evidence.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 9 or 10
  • 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

DNA Science (DNALC NYC at CityTech location)

July 27–31, August 10–14,2020

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

DNA Barcoding (DNALC NYC at CityTech location)

August 3–7, 2020

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