Camp BIOmed – A Science Summer Camp!

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 for updated information on camp and our other great student programs.

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Mansi Kaushik Vats holds a masters degree in biotechnology and is the Camp BIOmed Manager at the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.





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11 thoughts on “Camp BIOmed – A Science Summer Camp!”

The Camp Biomed Science Summer Camp looks really exciting. Those students were so lucky to be able to participate in a fun learning environment. I hope that a similar program will be conducted in the East Coast.- Arlene Ramos

What an amazing program! I am particularly curious to know what your “smart phone microscopes” were capable of viewing. This would be a great way to introduce the microscope and its uses to a class of students before handling the actual microscopes we use in class. Did you create an application for this or did you utilize an existing application? What kinds of additional materials or resources are needed? Thank you!

This looks like an excellent opportunity for high school students! Is there a place where you discuss how this camp was formed and how you were able to fund/support the university faculty and materials need for the camp?


Michael Lyons

Thank you for sharing this information! The camp looks awesome!!

This looks so neat! I’d like to learn more about the Crime Scene Investigation lab!

The do-it-yourself cancer lab looks amazing and so interesting. I’m sure most, if not all, of the participants have been touched by cancer in some way. Real life learning about real life topics could lead some of these kids into the medical field and hopefully, find a cure for the horrible disease.

These summer camp programs look wonderful! Are the lesson plans for these activities made public?

I love the CSI program! I would to implement something like this!

These activities looked awesome. They get students excited for science and can see the connections in the real world.

This camp sounds fascinating! Your students look like actual scientists. I would love to work at a camp like this in Michigan. Would you happen to know if there is a similar program in Michigan?

I love the idea of your Biomed camp.  How do you determine which concepts to focus on in the camp and how is the camp funded?

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