Students Get Hands-On Experience at Science Camp

By Tyler Sutherland

More than 150 Aboriginal, new Canadian and inner-city students are participating in the 5th annual Biomedical Youth Camp this week.

The free, week-long event, staged by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, is aimed at under-represented populations in the inner city, who would not normally have the opportunity to attend science camp.

The camp runs until July 29 at Niji Mahkwa School — home to the Inner-City Science Centre. The centre exposes North End children to state-of-the-art science equipment, science experiments and mentoring for science fair projects.

Students will conduct hands-on biomedical and physical science experiments to detect cancer, analyze proteins and DNA, study physiology of vision and sound, and perform soil analyses. Students will also learn about health care careers, and use hands-on simulation technology to replicate real-life medical procedures.

— With files from a news release