Virtual Camp Info

Create a parent/guardian account. If you have an account, LOG IN. Complete camp applications to ENROLL all family members under that account.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Virtual camp descriptions and schedule are below.

The DNALC is going Virtual this summer!  We have decided to hold all of our summer camps online for 2020. To ensure the best possible experience, we have limited our camp options, but have expanded prerequisites to include more students in the current offerings, and have increased the number of sessions per camp. If your camper was previously registered for Green Genes, DNA Science, Being Human, or Sequence a Genome, we encourage you to review alternate courses in the camp descriptions below. This year's instructional hours have changed, with modified pacing to reduce screen time, but we are thrilled to announce that all of our campers will be fully engaged and performing experiments from home this year!

We also now have two camp options—Live and On-Demand*—to provide online camp experiences in different ways. Follow the links below to learn more about them both, and see which virtual camp experience is best for you!

A limited number of scholarships are available upon request to those who provide documentation and qualify. Learn more on the FAQ/Policies page under Payment.

Live Virtual Camp Features:

  • Receive a kit containing materials to complete labs at home alongside classmates and instructor. Kits will be available for pick up at a DNALC location or can be shipped.
  • Split time between a whole group setting and working in small breakout groups with classmates. 
  • At the end of Fun with DNA, World of Enzymes and Forensic Detectives, parents and guardians will be invited to join the class for “Parent Participation” activities.
  • The DNA Barcoding and Genome Science camps require that DNA samples isolated at home be dropped off or shipped back OVERNIGHT to the DNALC (by USPS/FEDEx/UPS) for processing. The cost of shipping is to be covered by the student and their family.
    DNA Barcoding students will need to return samples on Day 1 and Day 2 (Monday and Wednesday)
    Genome Science participants will need to return samples on Day 1 only. 
  • All camps will be conducted on Zoom. A walk-through of Zoom will be sent in advance of the camp to allow participants to familiarize themselves with the platform.

On-Demand Virtual Camp Features:

Use pre-recorded daily lessons and materials to complete an entire camp curriculum at your own pace, whenever it’s convenient for your family.

  • Private access to daily sessions pre-recorded by DNALC educators allows for easy, at-home viewing.
  • A kit containing lab materials and camp specific workbooks and protocols can be picked up at a DNALC location or shipped to your home. 
  • Office hours for each camp will be held once per week on a regular schedule throughout the summer to allow campers to connect with a DNALC educator to ask questions, troubleshoot labs, and share results.
  • The DNA Barcoding and Genome Science camps will require that DNA samples isolated at home be dropped off or shipped back to the DNALC for processing by specified dates. The cost of shipping is to be covered by the student and their family. A private link will be made available to keep campers updated on the processing of samples and to see results.

Access to On-Demand Camps will open in early July. At this time, registered campers will receive an email with instructions on accessibility to the virtual classroom where videos and other important information will be posted.   

Kits will be made available or shipped when the On-Demand camps open, and will be shipped or can be picked up on a rolling basis for campers who register after opening. 

All online recordings will be accessible in the virtual classroom for 60 days from the time they become available, OR from the date of registration after camps open.

 

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
If student will be connecting from a different time zone, adjust times appropriately.

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 CANCELLED
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DNA Barcoding
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.*
DNA Barcoding
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.
DNA Barcoding
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.
DNA Barcoding
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.
DNA Barcoding
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Genome Science
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.*
Genome Science
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Genome Science
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Genome Science
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Genome Science
M-W-F 1:00–3:30 p.m.
 
BioCoding
M–F 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
BioCoding
M–F 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
BioCoding
M–F 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
 
 
 
 
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: Due to the Independence Day holiday there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd. See camp descriptions for hours unique to each camp.

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.

*June 29 to July 2: Due to the Independence Day holiday; the camp schedule for this week will be Monday–Thursday, 9:30–12:30; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd.

Details:

  • Grades: entering 6–7
  • Monday to Friday, 2.5 hours per day
  • 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT
  • $450 per student Live, $350 On-Demand

Virtual Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE)

Fun with DNA

Calling all WiSE girls! Virtual WiSE Fun with DNA is an entry-level course in DNA science. This online camp is designed for highly motivated girls interested in expanding their knowledge of basic genetics and cell biology. Students will conduct hands-on activities designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of genetics.

With support from WiSE, campers will have the unique opportunity to meet Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory women in science to learn about their research, conduct a special set of lab activities, and most importantly, be inspired to pursue their interest in science! 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;
  • use Punnett squares to explore the laws of heredity;
  • participate in WISE activities on protein modeling, neuroscience and bioinformatics; and
  • interact with female scientists who study cancer, plant biology, and more.

Details:

  • Grades: entering 6–7
  • Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT
  • $550 per student Live (not available On-Demand)

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.

*June 29 to July 2: Due to the Independence Day holiday; the camp schedule for this week will be Monday–Thursday, 1:00–3:30; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 8, or Fun with DNA alumni entering grade 7
  • Monday to Friday, 2 hours per day
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or 1:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
  • $450 per student Live, $350 On-Demand

Virtual Forensic Detectives

With the popularity of shows such as Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), the true nature of forensic science is often misconstrued. 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 at-home forensic labs and activities, participants will experience forensics in a more realistic fashion than conveyed during prime time. Campers will:

  • use techniques employed by experts to analyze a "crime scene" and process evidence;
  • examine fingerprint minutiae and microscopic hair and fiber samples;
  • perform a mock blood spatter analysis; and
  • observe how to conduct a DNA analysis and learn how to interpret gel electrophoresis results.

*June 29 to July 2: Due to the Independence Day holiday; the camp schedule for this week will be Monday–Thursday, 1:00–4:00; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 8–10
  • Monday to Friday, 2.5 hours a day
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 1:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
  • $450 per student Live, $350 On-Demand

Virtual DNA Barcoding

Experience how DNA can be used for conservation efforts and consumer interest issues through this interactive virtual science camp! A "DNA barcode" (about 700 nucleotides in length) is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that can potentially identify any living thing. DNA barcoding allows 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 DNA from plant and invertebrate tissue samples using multiple wet lab techniques;
  • use LEGO® building blocks  to model how polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is used to amplify DNA barcodes;
  • use web-based bioinformatics tools to analyze DNA sequences and identify species; and
  • create phylogenetic trees to display genetic and evolutionary relationships.

*June 29 to July 2: Due to the Independence Day holiday, camp will meet Monday-Wednesday-Thursday this week; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd.

Details:

  • Grades: entering 10–12, or 9 plus at least one high school biology course such as Living Environment
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday for 2 weeks
  • Six, 2.5-hour sessions, 1:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Students are required to drop off or overnight ship (USPS/FedEx/UPS) their DNA samples to the Dolan DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor on the first and second days of camp (Monday and Wednesday). The cost of shipping is to be covered by the student and their family.
  • Instructor online office hours will be held each Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
  • $550 per student Live, $350 On-Demand

Virtual Genome Science

The term genome was coined in 1920 by 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 online camp, participants will use new at-home adaptations of Nobel Prize-winning technologies, as well as computer-based techniques to analyze genetic components of humans and plants. Students will:

  • isolate their own DNA to explore genetic polymorphisms and learn about human origins and migration;
  • perform isothermal PCR reactions with their own DNA to identify the presence or absence of a transposable element that can be used to understand allele frequencies and population genetics;
  • isolate DNA from common foods for a PCR test that will indicate genetic modifications; and
  • use online bioinformatics tools to compare DNA sequences and mine information from DNA databases.

*June 29 to July 2: Due to the Independence Day holiday, camp will meet Monday-Wednesday-Thursday this week; there will be no class on Friday, July 3rd.

Details:

  • Grades: entering 10–12, plus at least one high school biology course (AP Biology recommended)
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday for 2 weeks
  • Six, 2.5-hour sessions, 1:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Students are required to drop off or overnight ship (USPS/FedEx/UPS) their DNA samples to the Dolan DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor on the first day of the camp (Monday). The cost of shipping is to be covered by the student and their family.
  • $550 per student Live, $350 On-Demand

BioCoding at Home

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:

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

Features of this virtual course:

  • students will work interactively with an instructor in groups and one-on-one
  • daily help sessions will allow students to get specific help on areas for which they need extra help
  • no software installations are required; students will access materials and software through our online platform
  • with the exception of introductions on day one, the course will be organized around short (~ 30 minute) sections with students working on their own and with classmates;

 

BIOCODING SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: We invite students with ancestry in Latin America, including Mexico, Central, and South America, to apply.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grade 11–12
  • Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. EDT
  • $550 per student Live (not available On-Demand)

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. This year, we will be doing a reduced virtual program that will feature at-home hands-on lab work, online coding labs, and virtual visits with scientists and to Stony Brook University.

During the two-week period, 1-2-hour live sessions will run Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. including lunch and breaks. Kits for lab work will be mailed to participating students. Since enrollment began early in 2020, we will accept students on a case-by-case basis until July 31st or until maximum enrollment is reached.

Students build skills in three areas:

Molecular Biology

  • Acquire basic biological/biomedical laboratory skills working on a DNA barcoding experiment 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 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.
  • Completed Parent/Guardian Certification form, signed by Parent/Guardian and a teacher or principal.
  • Application:

Applications will be accepted until July 31st or until the class if full. Contact Jason Williams at the DNA Learning Center at williams@cshl.edu with questions.

Details:

  • Grades: entering grades 10–12
  • Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m EDT
  • Scholarships available
Apply Online   Aplicar en Línea

OR print and mail STARS Application in English or Spanish.