Have you ever seen DNA in real life? Ever wondered what it is and how it works? In this interactive workshop, you’ll use household materials and “kitchen science” to extract DNA from strawberries with Genspace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy through citizen access to biotechnology.

This is an exposure-level workshop suitable for teens and college students; no prior experience in design is needed to participate.

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DesignPrep is a series of free workshops that focus on all forms of design from fashion and architecture to product and graphic design.

Design Prep is made possible by the generous support of Altman Foundation, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, Siegel Family Endowment, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Featured Image: Sidewall – Sample, ca. 1945; Manufactured by Imperial Wallcoverings Inc. (United States); machine-printed; 51.5 x 46.5 cm (20 1/4 x 18 5/16 in.); Given by Imperial Paper and Color Corporation; 1948-90-1-b