Saturday DNA!

Welcome to Saturday DNA! programs!

Come to the science scene on Saturdays!
Join us for exciting, Saturday DNA! sessions!

Add some DNA to your day . . .

One session is offered for each Saturday scheduled monthly during the academic year. Some sessions are for ages 10-13, with a chaperone required, others are for ages 14 to adult, with a chaperone required for participants under age 15.

All sessions are two hours long: 10:00 am – noon. Chaperones register, pay, and fully participate in program activities.

Sessions are $22.00 per person, per session ($44.00 per session for a participating student and accompanying chaperone) plus the Eventbrite registration 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!

  • All seats, in every session, must be reserved using Eventbrite. We do not accept walk-ins.
  • Seats for each session are awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
  • 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.
  • Chaperones must be 18 or older..
  • Once you are registered and payment is made, you will receive an email which will be your entry ticket.

Register through Eventbrite!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Enzymes in Action

10:00 AM–noon
Ages 10–13, chaperone required

Enzymes are proteins that catalyze, or speed up, chemical reactions in cells. They are sometimes used industrially to catalyze chemical reactions that produce common foods such as cheese, juice, and lactose-free milk! Join us to explore the enzymatic secrets of some of our favorite foods.

Participants will:

  • use enzymes to make common foods;
  • observe how enzymes catalyze chemical reactions;
  • explore factors that affect the efficiency of enzymes in action.

Saturday, February 9, 2019


10:00 AM–noon
Ages 10–13, chaperone required

Techniques used by scientists to study DNA can also be used to make art! Join us to create a Valentine’s Day heart out of DNA, and to observe the inherent connection between science and art.

Participants will:

  • manipulate DNA with restriction enzymes;
  • observe how electrophoresis can be used to separate DNA fragments by size;
  • create a unique piece of heart-shaped DNA “art.”

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ancient Ancestry

10:00 AM–noon
Ages 14-adult, chaperone required for students under 15

Mitochondrial DNA is a useful tool in the study of ancient human lineages. Not only does this DNA show us how and when humans populated the continents, it also sheds light on the relatedness of all humans and the illusion of race. Join us to see how DNA can be used to explore the landscape of human origins.

Participants will:

  • use computers to compare mitochondrial DNA from different people from around the world;
  • explore how mitochondrial DNA variations can be used to determine human relatedness;
  • determine when and where the modern human lineage originated.
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