Saturday DNA!

Welcome to the Fall 2015 Saturday DNA! programs!

Come to the science scene on Saturdays!
Catching Criminals
Plant Power
Mummy Mysteries
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 $20.00 per person ($40.00 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

Location of Event:
Dolan DNA Learning Center
334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724.

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, October 17, 2015 SESSION CLOSED


Biological Evidence

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10 – 13; chaperone required

Scientists and criminal investigators can work together to solve crimes. DNA that is isolated from evidence such as hair or blood can be visualized using a method called gel electrophoresis. During this process, an electric current is used to separate DNA fragments by size. The result, called a DNA fingerprint, can be used to identify whose blood or hair was found at the crime scene. Join us to solve a criminal case using this important scientific tool!

Students will:

  • learn about crime scene investigation and examine hair samples from different species using a compound microscope;
  • make an agarose gel and electrophorese DNA;
  • analyze gel electrophoresis results with a UV light to identify the criminal.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Seeds of Success

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

The very first studies of genetics and heredity were performed in the 1800’s by Gregor Mendel, who utilized pea plants as “model organisms” to observe how traits were passed from one generation to the next. In modern genetics labs Arabidopsis (a common weed related to cabbage, radish, and cauliflower) is also used as a “model organism”. Join us to learn more about why Arabidopsis is a popular model among scientists, and how it can be use to study genes.

In this session participants will:

  • learn about self and cross-fertilization and organization of flower parts;
  • dissect Arabidopsis ovules from fruits;
  • view different plant embryo developmental stages with compound microscopes.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 SESSION CLOSED


The Iceman Cometh

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10 – 13; chaperone required

Five thousand years ago a man lost his life on an alpine glacier near the border between Italy and Austria. Against all odds his body and many of the items he carried were preserved for five millennia. In 1991, he was discovered by hikers and since then scientists have been using modern technology and analyses to uncover his secrets. Come join us to help unravel some of the Iceman’s deepest mysteries.

During this activity students will:

  • open a window into the Iceman’s clouded past by investigating the scene of his discovery;
  • participate in a unique experiment to determine what might have happened in his final hours;
  • explore our exhibit and see the first full-size replica of the Iceman’s mummy, and the re-creation of his artifacts.
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