Saturday DNA!

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Saturday DNA! programs!

Come to the science scene on Saturdays!
Fruitful Findings
GMO or No?
Who’s hair?
Join us for exciting, new Saturday DNA! sessions!

Add some DNA to your day . . .

One session is offered for each Saturday in this newsletter. The October and December sessions are for ages 10-13 with an accompanying chaperone. The November session is for students ages 14 to adult with accompanying chaperone for participants under 15. All sessions are two hours long: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Chaperones fully participate in all program activities.

Sessions are $15.00 per person ($30.00 for a participating student and accompanying chaperone.)

The sessions are held at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. Click to view directions to the Dolan DNA Learning Center.

What you need to do:

DOWNLOAD Reservation Guidelines in PDF

  • Read through the descriptions of the activities when available, and decide which sessions you might like to attend.
  • You must read and follow the instructions on the Reservation Guidelines. Applications not adhering to these guidelines will be returned.
  • Download reservation forms for the Saturday DNA! sessions you are interested in.
  • Reserve your space by completing and returning a reservation form with your payment. You must include a separate check or money order for each session you plan to attend.

Mailing address:

DNA Learning Center/CSHL
One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Saturday DNA! information line: (516) 367-5168

Main office line: (516) 367-5170

Saturday DNA! was developed by our educational and scientific staff to serve children, teens, and adults interested in DNA programs outside of the school setting. We offer a variety of 2-hour laboratory- and computer-based sessions.

Download a PDF of the newsletter for the programs we offer.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 SESSION CLOSED


Food for Thought

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 14 - Adult; under 15 years chaperone required

Biotechnology has led to a revolution in agriculture. Food crops such as corn and soy now contain genes that make them resistant to herbicides such as Roundup®. How do scientists genetically engineer some of the plants we eat, and why is this technique so controversial? Are the foods you eat genetically modified? Test some common foods for the presence of a foreign gene…you may be surprised by what you find.

In this session, participants will:

  • learn about how scientists genetically modify plants we eat;
  • extract DNA from some common foods;
  • analyze the DNA for the presence of a foreign gene.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 SESSION CLOSED


Hairy Tales

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10-13, chaperone required

Hair is a basic mammalian trait with unique qualities that can be compared within species and can identify individuals. Forensic scientists known as “hair profilers” use this to process and analyze hair evidence discovered at crime scenes. We invite you to investigate the biology of your own hair and compare it to hair from other species.

In this activity you will:

  • learn how to prepare hair samples for microscopic observation;
  • explore exciting information about the structure of hair and how it grows;
  • attempt to compare and identify hair from different animals and synthetic fibers.
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