Summer Camps

Summer camps

Due to the University of Notre Dame's policies for summer programming, the DNA Learning Center is unable to offer any in-person programs for K-12 students. While we are extremely disappointed with this decision (and look forward to welcoming you to the DNA Learning Center next summer!), we are excited to announce our summer program offerings which are all LIVE VIRTUAL events. Please see a Summary 


Learn about your Ancestry 2 part Workshop

This two part workshop will be held Part 1 June 24 2-3:30PM EDT and Part 2 July 20 2- 3:30PM EDT. Prior to Part 1 you will receive a workshop kit and after Part 1 you will need to return part of the kit prior to Part 2 (prepaid shipping label will be included). Participants will extract their own DNA and analyze it to learn more about their ancestry. We will also discuss how genetic ancestry and genealogy are distinct. This workshop will be open for any one grades 7 through adults. Tuition is $149.REGISTER NOW

Introduction to the Scientific Method Workshop

This program is offered for scientists in grades 5-8 and will be offered three different times throughout the summer. Each workshop will feature the same activities so please sign up for the date/time that is most convenient. Participants will also learn about the scientific process, forming a hypothesis, experimental variables, and controls. Prior to the workshop, a kit with all necessary material will arrive. The date options are June 30 1-3pm EDT, July 8 3-5pm EDT, or July 16 10am -12pm EDT and will cost $100. REGISTER NOW

Gene Expression Research Camp

This program will feature all new activities and be held June 21-23 from 1-3:30pm each day and is intended for students grades 9 and up. Students who previously attended a DNA Summer Camp are encouraged to sign up, but no previous experience is required to attend. This camp will allow students learn about gene expression throughout the body and in different environmental conditions. This program will cost $230 and will be conducted over the computer so no kit will be mailed. REGISTER NOW



For more information please contact the DNA Center Administrator at 574-631-1506 or email