Camp BIOmed Information
Registrations open till June 30 2016
Camp venue: seattle pacific university
NWABR's 2016 Camp BIOmed:
Camp BIOmed, a science summer camp for high school students, will run from July 11 to August 19 with three tracks: Cancer Laboratory/DIY Biology - the Molecular Biology of Cancer, Next Gen Science - Origami of Life & Bioinformatics, and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Forensics and Molecular Biology. Scroll down for details on all camps! All students entering into Grades 9-12 in the fall of 2016 are welcome to register and attend. Each camp costs $675 for non-members and $600 for early bird registrants & employees of member institutions. Camp will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM (M-F) for a week in the laboratory facilities at Seattle Pacific University. Every Friday, NWABR will hold a Culminating Expo from 1 PM to 3 PM where the campers from all the three camps will come together, present their work, and share their experiences from the camp with their friends and family.
CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Camp:
Whodunit?! Camp BIOmed is back with its most sought-after camp track - CSI! The campers will learn and apply various forensic and molecular biology techniques, including DNA fingerprinting via gel electrophoresis and restriction digests, ELISAs (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays), blood typing, heart dissection, and blood spatter analysis. At the end of the week, campers take charge of a mock crime scene and use what they've learned to solve the mystery on their own! Learn more about this camp.
Cancer Laboratory & DIY Biology:
Why do cells begin to grow out of control and become cancerous? Explore the molecular causes of cancer, methods to detect/diagnose cancer, currently available anti-cancer therapeutics, and developing cancer therapeutics. Students will learn current laboratory protocols, including DNA restriction digests, gel electrophoresis, and ELISAs, used to detect cancer biomarkers. Other experience includes sheep brain dissection . Learn more about this camp.
Meet the instructor: Wendi Russac
Next Gen Science - Origami of Life & Bioinformatics:
Science and medicine are advancing at such a rapid pace that sometimes it seems like science fiction is quickly becoming science fact. Thanks to cutting-edge computational biology and bioinformatics, the future is now. Have you ever wondered, "How is all this possible?"
Delve into the world of genomics, proteomics, genetic sequencing, and other next-gen sciences and immerse yourselves in a universe of infinite possibilities. The students in this camp learn about bioinformatics techniques, learn to use powerful databases and tools, and explore cutting-edge computational biology research relating to biotechnology and medicine.This dry lab comes with an introduction to bioinformatic tools like BLAST, which gives campers insight into studying protein sequences, conducting comparative analysis of sequences, and the application of computational biology in biomedical research. It will teach the students how mutations can radically change the structure of the proteins, which is a key point in developing personalized medicine.
Meet the instructor: Andrew Klock
For eligibility, camp logistics, and more information, please visit FAQs.
CAMP BIOMED 2015 & 2014
Camp BIOmed, NWABR’s first summer camp was organized from July 7, 2014 to August 15, 2014 with two camp tracts - Protein folding (with Fold-It!) held at University of Washington, and Do-It-Yourself with Neuroscience held at Hive Bio. The camp had an overall student presence of 82 students across six weeks. Continuing the learning experience for stiudents, Camp BIOmed came back in 2015 with three camp themes - Do-It-Yourself Biology Laboratory with a focus on the molecular biology of cancer, Origami of Life with Bioinformatics, and Crime Scene Investigation, running for seven weeks from July 6 to August 21 with a student presence of 89 students.
Each Friday, the students from all three camps came together to showcase their projects to each other and to the parents. The culminating expo was open to public from 2 - 4PM. Each camper gave a presentation (Poster/Power Point) and/or a display project. Parents and campers were very impressed with the quality of the work presented by the campers.
The two years of camp have been a great success based on excellent feedback from campers and parents.
For Information on Camp 2015, click here
For information on Camp 2014, click here.
For pictures of the camp, please visit our Facebook page....
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.
- 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.