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Teens Learn About Biology, Run DNA Experiment At Studio Around Corner

Middle school students make DNA models at the the Cultural Arts Coalition's teen science workshop.
Middle school students make DNA models at the the Cultural Arts Coalition's teen science workshop. Photo Credit: Contributed

BREWSTER, N.Y. --  The Cultural Arts Coalition hosted its first Science at the Studio Teen Forum on Saturday, March 4, at the Studio Around the Corner in Brewster.

The workshop was on DNA and synthetic biology and was broken up into two sessions, one for middle schoolers and one for high school students.

"I am a synthetic biologist, and today you are one too," said Jeffrey Marano at the start of the class.

The students learned about genetics, biology, synthetic biology and engaged in hands-on activities and demonstrations, according to a release from the Cultural Arts Coalition.

The class opened with a brief discussion about the history of biotechnology and the main movers and shakers of the field. Then the students went on to perform DNA isolation from strawberries, the release said.

The class closed with a bioethics discussion for the high school student session and an arts and crafts demonstration of laboratory protocols in the middle school session.

Forensic Scientist Ted Schwartz will discuss various topics in his field at the next Science at the Studio Teen Forum on Saturday, April 1, at the Studio Around the Corner.

The free workshop will be from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. for middle school students and 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. for high school students. Registration is recommended.

To register and for more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit www.oththeater.org, call (845) 363 - 8330, or email TOSCAC2010@gmail.com.

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region.

The Studio Around the Corner is at 67 Main St., Brewster.

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