Summer Workshop Programs
at the Harlem DNA Lab
The Dolan DNA Learning Center “invented” DNA camps in 1985, and since
then over 8,300 students have participated.
A recent survey of 800 DNA camp alumni, now in high
school or college, confirmed that camp participation is
one thing parents can give their child to boost interest in
science and technology. A majority of former campers
said that participation had increased their general interest
in science, increased their understanding of science stories
in the media, encouraged them to take more science
offerings in school, and improved their confidence in
subsequent science classes in high school and college.
Camp participation significantly improved girls’
confidence in science labs, an area where experts believe
girls have traditionally been reticent.
In summer 2010, we are offering fun and challenging
camps at the Harlem DNA Lab for science enthusiasts
in New York City. Guided by experienced
instructors, students will use sophisticated laboratory and
computer equipment to perform experiments several grade
levels ahead of their peers.
Fun with DNA (entering grade 6 or 7)
Fun with DNA is an entry-level course in DNA science. This camp is designed especially for highly motivated students interested in expanding their knowledge of basic genetics and cell biology. Students are immersed in an environment of hands on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology.
- Construct cell and DNA models
- Use compound microscopes to view various cell types
- Extract DNA from both bacteria and plants
- Use stereo microscopes to observe mutations in fruit flies
- Genetically engineer bacteria cells with firefly genes
Acceptance is limited to 28 students per camp. Fun with DNA is for students entering grade 6 or 7. Fun with DNA is a prerequisite for World of Enzymes.
Tuition is $375 and includes all materials. Fun with DNA runs Monday-Thursday 9:30-2:30, and Parent Participation Day is Friday 9:30-11:30.
Science (entering grades 10-12)
DNA Science introduces
high school and college students with little or no research experience
in molecular genetics to the elegant tools of modern biotechnology,
and is centered around laboratory work. Each experiment acts as
a stepping stone for the next.
bacterial growth curves using the E.coli genetic system.
the difference between the rapid and classical method of bacterial
transformation by calculating transformation efficiencies plasmids.
a restriction analysis and gel electrophoresis, then graph
the results to understand COS sites.
plasmids with restriction enzymes, ligate the fragments together,
then transform the recombinant-DNA, and finally perform a
plasmid minipreparation of the new recombinant to identify
how it originally ligated.
Acceptance is competitive and limited to 28 participants per session.
Tuition is $450 and includes all materials. DNA Science runs
from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM Monday-Thursday, and 9:30 AM until 2:00
PM on Friday.