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Open Lab Sessions

Have you submitted and received approval for your teams' proposals? If so, you and your students can join program staff to work on DNA isolation and/or bioinformatics at the DNALC, DNALC West, Brookhaven National Laboratory, or Stony Brook University. Note that students must be accompanied by mentors.

There are no Open Labs scheduled for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.


Footlocker Kits for In-school Use

Acceptance of a team's proposal is required prior to a footlocker kit request. Two types of kits are available for loan:

  • Full footlocker kits contain all equipment and replenishable materials needed to complete the DNA extraction and amplification. Full kits may be borrowed for up to two weeks.
  • Mini footlocker kits contain reagents and any necessary minor equipment needed by each team. Kits that only require reagents and minimal equipment are more readily available than full footlockers kits.

If you are requesting a full footlocker kit, please be aware that a limited number of these kits are available. Footlockers should be requested at least 2 weeks in advance (or sooner) of intended use date. You may borrow a footlocker for up to 10 days.

When you receive the footlocker kit, you must submit a Student Demographic Form for the students who will use the kit. These can be emailed to

*Open Lab Locations:

DNA Learning Center (DNALC), 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 [directions]

DNA Learning Center West (DNALC West), 5 Delaware Drive - Suite 5, Lake Success, New York 11042 [directions]

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Office of Educational Programs, Building 801, Upton, NY 11973 [directions]

When you arrive at BNL you must show a federal- or state-issued photo ID. You will receive a temporary badge and a parking pass that must be displayed on your dashboard. In accordance with BNL safety requirements, long pants and flat, closed-toe shoes are mandatory.

Stony Brook University (SBU), Institute for STEM Education, Life Sciences Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794 [directions]