It’s fun, it’s free and it’s educational. More than 200 Aboriginal, New Canadian and inner-city youth descended upon the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus July 23-27, 2012, for an exciting week of hands-on activities and experiments showcasing health, biomedical and physical sciences.
The sixth annual Biomedical Youth Camp, organized and hosted by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, brings together students in Grades 4-12 from under-represented populations who would not normally have an opportunity to attend science camp.
“As a faculty, we are committed to social accountability and providing members of our surrounding inner-city community with science-focused activities like free summer camp,” said Brian Postl, Dean of Medicine, University of Manitoba. “We want to expose them to the sciences at a young age so they will consider careers in the health professions.”
This year, students will participate in 26 different activities across Bannatyne Campus. They will use microscopes to identify different cells and analyze proteins and DNA; study eye-brain physiology; see lung health in action; and conduct chemistry experiments by making slime. They will also learn about health careers like physiotherapy and use medical simulation technology to replicate real-life medical procedures and emergencies.
“By connecting our inner-city neighbours with science at a young age, we are building a strong foundation for them to become future University of Manitoba students in Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Basic Sciences,” said Francis Amara, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics and Director, Biomedical Youth Program and Inner-City Science Centre. “I am seeing so much enthusiasm from children and youth about Biomedical Youth Camp and our Inner-City Science that I am confident their excitement will translate into the pursuit of biomedical research and health careers.”