Camp BIOmed Information

registration for camp biomed 2016 opens on february 15 2016

NWABR's 2016 Camp BIOmed!

Camp BIOmed, a summer science camp for high school students, will run from July 11 to August 19 with three tracks: Cancer laboratory and DIY Biology, Next Gen Science- Origami of Life & Bioinformatics, and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). 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. The camp runs from 9 AM to 3 PM (M-F) for a week(click here, for schedule). 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:

Camp BIOmed is back with its most sought-after camp track - CSI! Monday through Wednesday, campers will learn about and apply various scientific 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! 





Meet the instructor for the track: Dr. Alaina Garland

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 experiences include sheep brain dissection and building your own smart phone microscope. 








Next Gen Science - Origami of Life & Bioinformatics:

Science and Medicine are advancing at a fast pace, and it seems like science fiction is quickly becoming science fact. Have you ever thought, "How is that possible?"  Thanks to cutting-edge computational biology and bioinformatics, that future is now.

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 lead instructor for all three camps: Dr. Alaina Garland.

For eligibility, camp logistics and more information on camp, 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 with cancer, Origami of life with Bioinformatics and CSI running for seven weeks from July 6 - August 21 with a student presence of 89 students.

Life Center department of University of Washington, FHCRC , Hive Bio and Digital World Biology LLC supported NWABR for the development of the curriculum and the supplies for the camp themes/tracks.  

Each Friday, the camps came together to showcase their projects to each other and to the parents. The culminating expo was open to public from 2 PM-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 good and encouraging 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.
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