Camp BIOmed 2024
A unique opportunity for students to engage in scientific exploration and hands-on experimentation in a university lab!
What: Camp BIOmed is a week-long science summer camp for high school students interested in biomedical or health science careers.
Who: All students entering Grades 9-12 in the fall of 2024
SAVE THE DATE: Each camp runs for ONE WEEK starting from June 24 to June 28, 2024 at Whitworth University in Spokane and July 8 to August 16, 2024 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. Click here for detailed schedule.
Cost: Each camp will cost $695 for non-members and $625 for employees of member institutions. Early bird discounts and scholarships are available. Visit registration page for details and Financial Assistance page for the scholarship application.
SIX EXCITING TRACKS: CHOOSE ONE OR ALL!
(Spokane and Seattle)
Discover how normal human cells acquire the mutations that cause them to go rogue. Learn and applysome of the fundamental lab techniques that are used by cancer researchers including: DNA restriction digests, ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay) and microarrays. Take on the role of oncologist as you apply your lab findings to specific patient case histories and explore rapidly evolving treatment options. Perform a brain dissection as part of a unit on brain cancer.
Learn the basics of genetic manipulation and unravel the mysteries of recombinant DNA and its practical applications. Discover how scientists isolate genes using cloning and PCR, Introduce a new trait into bacteria via the process of transformation, a key genetic engineering technique. Explore modern biotechnology as you perform numerous experiments typically used by molecular biologists.
Become a forensic expert and delve into the intriguing world of crime scene investigation. Uncover the secrets of DNA fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, and latent fingerprint examination. Master the art of deductive reasoning as you apply molecular biology techniques to solve captivating mock murder mysteries. Can you decipher the clues and catch the culprit?
Dive into the fascinating world of bacteria, fungi, and viruses and explore their pathogenic potential. Utilize advanced microscopy techniques to identify distinct bacterial characteristics. Collect, cultivate and analyze microbial strains, investigating their susceptibility to antibiotics. Fill the shoes of a microbiologist, epidemiologist, and even a doctor as you complete a case study about a patient at risk of acquiring a hospital-associated infection
The Bioinformatics/Genome Science camp will introduce students to modern genomic analysis by combining molecular techniques used in the laboratory with computer analysis. Students will examine the genetic basis for human variation and use DNA barcoding to study biodiversity and food fraud. In each project, students will use several bioinformatics methods to analyze their data. It is a perfect wet and dry lab combination for students who are interested in how computer science is applied to the management and analysis of biological data.
What is global health? What are some of the biggest health challenges and disparities that we face both locally and globally? How can we best use science, technology and community resources to help solve these issues? Students in this camp will participate in hands-on lab activities and critical thinking exercises to explore problems and possible solutions to some of the most pressing current global health challenges.
Topics and activities will include clean water and sanitation, air pollution and climate change, infectious and non-communicable diseases, anti-microbial resistance, and access to primary health care and education. In a culminating project the students will design and test a container that can safely deliver critical medications to inaccessible areas via drone technology.
GET READY TO GEEK OUT, LEVEL UP YOUR SCIENTIFIC SKILLS, AND IGNITE YOUR PASSION FOR THE WONDERS OF BIOMEDICINE. YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS!
* Each camp will conclude with a Culminating Expo scheduled for Friday 1-3 PM : Friends and family are cordially invited to attend and witness the remarkable achievements for the campers.
Camp BIOmed Goals
· Increase student understanding of how biomedical research is conducted; from exploration and discovery to testing and analysis.
· Increase student awareness of how ethical considerations play a role in research, including the ethical guidelines that govern research.
· Promote awareness of science careers.
· Build a supportive community of students, science educators, and scientists.