Summer camp: June-Sep. 2019

Unzipping Your DNA - Genetics

  • Led by Ofer Yizhar-Barnea Ph.D.
  • Grades 6-9

Good to Know

  • $499 instead of $549

    Early Bird Rate $499 per week
    instead of $549 per week (until March 31)

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm

    All camps hours
    9:00am - 4:00pm

  • 10 min driving

    All locations are 10
    minutes driving distance from each


Unzipping Your DNA

Everywhere in our bodies are the secrets of who we are and where we came from.  In this highly interactive camp, you will investigate your own body at the molecular level to find out your “secrets”.   Using many hands-on activities and games, we will learn about genetics.  We will use the tools and techniques used by geneticists in laboratories around the world such as micropipettes, centrifuges, PCR machines, electrophoresis and professional software to investigate our own DNA.  You will extract your DNA and isolate the gene that will tell you your maternal lineage and haplogroup going back 10,000 years.  You will find out your genotype for specific traits.  We will also sequence and compare genes from plants and animals in our neighborhoods as well as lab specimens. At the end of the week, parents are invited to see the poster each child prepared about their favorite genetics topic!

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Unzipping Your DNA
Ofer Yizhar-Barnea

Ofer Yizhar-BarneaPh.D.

Led byOfer Yizhar-Barnea Ph.D.

As a child, Ofer enjoyed watching science-fiction movies with his father.  When he was in middle school, he read about Dolly, the first cloned sheep. The idea of turning a previously unimaginable idea to a scientific reality became his life’s pursuit.  The problem was that he didn’t find his schools’ science classes engaging.  Luckily, a retired scientist took him and a few other students under his wing, and science became at once exactly what Ofer had envisioned it.

Today Ofer is a genetics researcher at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).  His rich work history includes developing a life science curriculum for high school and college level students at the University of Haifa.

Ofer earned his B.Sc. in Life Sciences from the Ben-Gurion University, an M.Sc. in Biotechnology and Food Engineering from the Israel Institute for Technology (Technion), and  Ph.D., Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry from Tel Aviv University.

Fees and Policies

  • Early Bird Rate (until March 31) is $499 per week.
  • Camp Fees after March 31st are $549 per week
  • Week of July 4th is $450
  • An annual insurance/registration fee of $25 is required for each family account.


  • Multiple Session Discount – Also applicable to siblings
    • Sign up for 2 sessions: receive a total of $40 off
    • Sign up for 3 sessions: receive a total of $75 off
    • Sign up for 4 sessions or more: $140 off or more (at $35 per session)
  • Refer families who have never attended a Celsius camp before and receive either a credit of $50 off a future camp or a refund of $30 per referral. Further details can be found on the registration site. No cross referrals accepted.

Extended Care

  • Early morning extended care from 8am to 9am
  • Afternoon extended care from 4pm up to 6pm.
  • Advanced payments (prior to start of camp) for all Extended Care are $12 per hour ($50/$100 for all 5 days for one/two hours per day).
  • Ad Hoc during the week of camp are billed at $15 per hour.
  • Pick up after 6pm will be charged at a rate of $2.00 per minute (no grace)
  • Extended Care is billed in one hour increments after a 10 minute grace period.

Cancellation Policy

Any changes (other than cancellation) to previously confirmed sessions shall be assessed a $40 fee. Transferring sessions is subject to availability.

– No refunds will be issued for cancellations for any reason after May 1st, however partial credits are available as follows:
– More than one month cancellation notice prior to the start date of camper’s session, a credit for 50% of the total price paid.
– more than 3 weeks notice = 30% credit of total price paid.
– less than 3 weeks notice and more than 7 days prior to start of session = 20% credit of total price paid.

Payment Policy

We accept cash, check, e-check and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Discover).Reservations are not confirmed without payment received. Online registration andpayment ensures immediate confirmation. Payments by check should be sent in within 3 days of making an online reservation or the spot will be released.