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How a world on pause sparked educational innovation at CSHL

photos of several field trip demonstrations by the DNA Learning Center
In March 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic pushed our educators, publishers, librarians, and meetings organizers to innovate virtual programs, like these on-demand virtual field trips conducted by the DNA Learning Center.
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) educational programs provided a lifeline to scientists, teachers, and students during the pandemic. In February 2020 the DNA Learning Center switched from live to virtual experiences, creating 286 new videos that were viewed over 3.7 million times, and attracted nearly 19,000 new subscribers to the DNALC Live YouTube channel. They also hosted virtual field trips, science camps, museum tours, lectures, teacher workshops, and student research symposiums, with over 22,285 participants.

Successes with virtual experiences may have changed the way information is exchanged forever: hybrid meetings, courses, and field trips may become the norm. Here are some of our staff’s innovations and accomplishments from March 2020 to the reopening of the campus to visitors in March 2022:

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Written by: Eliene Augenbraun, Creative Director | | 516-367-8455

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