Saturday DNA!

Welcome to the Fall 2017 Saturday DNA! programs!

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

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, October 14, 2017

Dust Away Crime: The Truth about Fingerprints

10:00 AM–12:00 AM
Ages 10–13, chaperone required

For over a century, fingerprints have been used in criminal investigations. Because an individual’s fingerprints are unique, they can be used to link a suspect to a crime. Join us to learn about the many ways criminologists use fingerprints and try some modern techniques for fingerprint collection and analysis.

In this activity you will:

  • analyze your own unique fingerprints;
  • learn how to dust for prints;
  • attempt to match “suspect” prints to “evidence.”

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Glowing Genes

10:00 AM–12:00 AM
Ages 14–Adult; under 15 years chaperone required

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is found in the Pacific jellyfish Aequorea victoria. The gene for this protein has been inserted into a plethora of organisms including plants, mice, and bacteria. By combining the DNA sequence coding for GFP to other genes, GFP can be used to track gene expression or protein location. Come learn how scientists use GFP to better understand genetic diseases such as cancer and use a simple method to isolate GFP from engineered cells.

In this session, participants will:  

  • learn about the history of GFP use in biology;
  • understand how GFP’s structure can be used to separate it from other cellular proteins;
  • isolate and purify GFP from living cells.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Royal Ruse

10:00 AM–12:00 AM
Ages 10–13, chaperone required

Many stories have been told about the Romanovs, the last Royal Family of Russia. In 1918, when the Romanovs went missing, there were rumors that the family was murdered. Yet in 1920, a woman resurfaced in Germany claiming to be Princess Anastasia. What evidence did she have? Could she be lying? Did anyone believe her? Join us and uncover answers to The Mystery of Anastasia!

In this session, participants will:

  • perform a computer based lab;
  • collect and analyze forensic evidence;
  • compare DNA sequences to determine the mystery woman’s identity.
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