The 2015 Northwest Association for Biomedical Research’s Camp BIOmed successfully ran from July 6- August 21, at Seattle Lutheran High School and the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. High school students had a great time learning the science and applications of biotechnology, biomedicine, and bioethics!
This year, Camp BIOmed featured three different scientific track options:
1. Do-It-Yourself Scientific Cancer Laboratory was taught by Dr. Jan Chalupny. Students explored the science of cancer biology, biomarker analysis, and current cancer treatments by performing DNA gel electrophoresis, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, building smart phone microscopes, and dissecting sheep brains.
2. CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) was taught by Dr. Alaina Garland. Students spent the first few days learning how to use scientific techniques including DNA fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays for poison detection, heart dissection, and blood typing to understand human physiology and investigate crime scenes. On the next to last day of camp, they used their scientific knowledge to solve a mock murder all by themselves!
3.Origami of Life with Bioinformatics was taught by Andrew Klock. Here, students examined the relationship between protein structure and function using bioinformatics tools like BLAST, a tool to compare DNA and protein sequences, and Fold-it, an online video game designed at the University of Washington to allow the public to help scientists solve complex protein structures.
We had some great feedback from students showing that they had FUN learning science!:
- “This past week I attended the DIY camp at Seattle Lutheran High School. This was a wonderful program and I am very glad that I was able to be a part of it. I really enjoyed how small the class sizes were because I felt like I got a very personalized experience. The techniques and curriculum that I leaned this past week were very interesting and prevalent. I have a leg up on many other people my age due to this program. Thank you so much for putting this camp on.”
- “The Camp made me interest in biomed spike dramatically. I want to have a career involving biomed when I grow up.”
- “Dr. Garland helped me realize bio is a really cool subject and that Biomedical Engineering is a great career option for me.”
- “This was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”
- “I found what we did really interesting and would love to do this sort of stuff again.”
We hope to run the 2016 Camp BIOmed at University of Washington facilities. The registration for 2016 camp opens in the month of February!
Keep visiting our webpage www.nwabr.org for updated information on camp and our other great student programs.
Mansi Kaushik Vats holds a masters degree in biotechnology and is the Camp BIOmed Manager at the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.