Saturday DNA!


Come to the science scene on Saturdays!
DNA on the GO
Be WiSE about Neuroscience!
and The Extraction Attraction!

Add some DNA to your day . . .

All sessions are two hours long: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Chaperones fully participate in program activities.

Sessions are $22.00 per person ($44.00 for a participating student and accompanying chaperone) plus the Eventbrite fee.

The sessions are held at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. (Directions to this location.)

Please note we use Eventbrite for registration and payment!

  • Seats for each session are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. We do not accept walk-ins.
  • All seats, in every session, must be reserved using Eventbrite.
  • The name and phone number of each ticket purchaser and/or chaperone and the name and age of each minor registrant must be included on your Eventbrite registration. We will not honor reservations that fail to provide this information. If you do not provide this information, your reservation will be cancelled and your registration fee will be refunded.
  • The appropriate age for each student chaperone is 18 or over.
  • Once you are registered and payment is made, you will receive an email which will be your entry ticket.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

DNA on the GO

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 14–Adult; under 15 years chaperone required. Chaperones must be 18 or over and fully participate in all program activities.

Transposons are pieces of DNA that can move or be copied from one chromosomal location to another. In this lab, participants will analyze their own DNA to determine the presence or absence of a transposon called Alu. Thousands of years ago, this small piece of DNA permanently “jumped” into a human chromosome 16 location called PV92. Because they are inherited, population data on PV92 and other Alu elements can be used to help reconstruct a picture of human prehistory.

In this session, participants will:

  • extract and purify DNA from their own cells;
  • amplify the PV92 locus by polymerase chain reaction (PCR);
  • analyze PCR products by gel electrophoresis;
  • score genotypes for Alu inheritance.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Be WiSE about Neuroscience!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 10-13, chaperone required. Chaperones must be 18 or over. Chaperone admission is free for this session only.

Hosted by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s (CSHL) Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
At CSHL, neuroscientists study how neurons communicate with one another to create circuits, and what can happen if circuits are disrupted. Alongside CSHL scientists, children will perform neuroscience experiments that demonstrate how neurons respond to stimuli in both cockroaches and humans!

In this session, participants will:

  • learn how micro-stimulation is used to study the nervous system;
  • observe neuron activity in cockroach legs;
  • investigate factors that affect the excitability of cockroach neurons;
  • use a muscle signal to control other devices, in this case a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator), to excite and contract the muscle of another human.

While the kids have fun in the lab, adult chaperones are invited to a keynote presentation by cancer researcher Camila Dos Santos about her work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, along with a panel discussion featuring students and post-doctoral researchers of both cancer and neuroscience.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Extraction Attraction

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 10-13, chaperone required. Chaperones must be 18 or over and fully participate in all program activities.

DNA is a molecule found inside the cells of ALL living things, including many of the things we eat. In this session, participants will use a simple procedure to extract DNA from a variety of fruits and vegetables, and then compare the results. Does the DNA always look the same? Does the amount of DNA extracted vary from one product to the next? If so, can the procedure be modified to increase the yield? Join us to answer these questions, and more!

In this session, participants will:

  • test different DNA extraction protocols;
  • extract DNA from different sources;
  • compare DNA yields.
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