Snapshots of Science

Let’s take a selfie – of your DNA. At DNA Selfie, a girl-focused workshop, create a new kind of self-portrait by examining what makes you unique.

Extract your own DNA and study your cells under a microscope. Tackle engineering design challenges to better understand the structure of the DNA molecule. Then, learn how to use laser cutters, power tools, and vinyl cutters, and meet female scientists and entrepreneurs along the way. Your newfound skills and knowledge will help you to create final projects inspired by the complex and beautiful geometry of the double helix.

DNA Selfie is supported in part by the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Additional leadership support for FirstHand is provided by The Dow Chemical Company’s DowGives Program and Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty Company.

DNA Selfie is 2.5 hours, once a week for 10 weeks.


“I saw a lot of cells and robots and there were a lot of scientists that looked like they meant business.”


Girard College 6th grader, on what she saw during a visit to the Integral Molecular lab.

"The best part of today was meeting an inventor."


Chester A. Arthur 7th grader, after meeting with entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa, who spoke about her company ROAR for Good.