At Camp BIOmed students will take part in hands-on experiments at local biomedical businesses and research facilities, track their own findings as part of these experiments in lab journals, and tour local Seattle biomedical organizations. Each week of the summer camp will conclude with a culminating expo where campers will share all group and individual projects and contributions.
Camp will be open to all students entering 9th-12th grade for the upcoming school year. Camps sessions are weekly between July 7-August 15, 2014.
Advanced Camp will be offered August 18-22 for students who excel in their first camp session or were previously a CURE fellow. Advanced camp will be by invitation only.
The three camps aim to cover a variety of topics in biomedical research and its ethical conduct. Details on the three camps themes are below:
- Bioethics through Gaming
Four historic case statements based on award-winning NWABR ethics curriculum inspire this high-energy game development laboratory. Practicing professionals in the field and PhDs coach small camper groups to engage in investigative experiences, collaboration and values assessment, and encourage students from all study areas to generate possible solutions to ethical scientific problems.
Advanced Camp:Combining their passion for research and ethics with the game methodology, participants review all prior six weeks of games developed, evaluate the strengths of the games and work together to improve the overall user experience with subject-matter experts. They also measure results for accuracy, and misconceptions.
- Do It Yourself with Neuroscience
Campers use Hive Bio lab facilities to experience sheep brain dissection, neuroscience and digital microscopy and apply scientific methods. Hive Bio creates an immersion in what it’s like to be a professional scientist, have your own office (yes!) and inspires young scientists with the thrill of discovery.
DIY with CSNE:In addition to the above DIY lab description, on Fridays students will learn about neurological disorders, and about the connection between neuro-impulses and action, harnessing the activation energy in their muscles to compete in the WrestleBrainia 3000, a robotic arm wrestling device controlled through EMG electrodes, or donning an Emotiv cap to control a computer icon using only their thoughts.
Advanced Camp: Returning BIOmed Campers use more advanced topics, bring back equipment they have made, and build on learned skills. Hive Bio lab facilities host those students wanting more lab exposure.
- Protein Foldit!
Developed by UW Department of Biochemistry, the Foldit on-line video game and UW Center for Game Science join students to illuminate functional elements of specialized proteins, and well, solve puzzles. The game is to fold the proteins as well as possible, using amino acid chemical mechanisms to make it work.
Advanced Lab:This session is for students who are in love with doing Foldit! and want more! Top-scoring student projects shared at the expo form the basis of this in-depth biochemical adventure. The game is to fold as well as possible, using amino acid chemical mechanisms to make it work. Campers use scientific method and trial and error recording results via journal.
- 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
- Promote awareness of the unique challenges faced by scientists from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in science
- Build a supportive community of students, science educators, and scientists
- Provide staff and mentorship support for students to conduct their own Student Bio Expo project during the school year
Coming Soon! Student registration for Camp BIOmed
Read more about prior programs (Cure Research Fellows) on NWABR's blog!
Camp BIOmed Goals