University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine Offers Free Biomedical Camp for Winnipeg’s Inner-City Youth

Jul 26, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Science will come to life for more than 150 Aboriginal, new Canadian and inner-city students participating in the 5th annual Biomedical Youth Camp–this year in their own backyard.

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. 

Open to youth ages 8 to 17, Biomedical Youth Camp runs July 25-29, 2011 at Niji Mahkwa School, instead of at the Faculty of Medicine on the University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne Campus. Niji Mahkwa is home to the Inner-City Science Centre, developed in 2009 by the Faculty of Medicine in partnership with Winnipeg School Division and the Winnipeg Foundation to expose young North End learners to state-of-the-art science equipment, science experiments and mentoring for science fair projects.

“We believe we have a role in our community as a catalyst for change,” said Brian Postl, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “By introducing Aboriginal and immigrant youth in our neighbouring inner-city community to science, we hope to get them excited about science, and encourage them to consider careers in the health sciences.”

At this year’s Biomedical Youth Camp, students will explore 35 different activities close to home. They 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. The program has also expanded this year to include and Cree and Ojibwe classes and Aboriginal story sessions by Margaret Lavallee, the Bannatyne Campus Elder.

“We want to attract as many inner-city youth as possible by holding the Biomedical Youth Camp right at Niji Mahkwa School,” said Francis Amara, the Director of the Biomedical Youth Program and Inner-City Science Centre and an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine. “We are sending the message to our inner-city neighbours that we are prepared to come to them and make it easier for their children to participate.”

Members of the media are invited to interview/film/record participants and University of Manitoba instructors at:

Faculty of Medicine Biomedical Youth Summer Camp
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Niji Mahkwa School, 450 Flora Avenue

Biomedical Youth Camp partners for 2011 include: Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, ANAK, Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Boys and Girls Club – Community School Investigators, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM), Let’s Talk Science, Manitoba Lung Association, National Microbiology Laboratory, Rehabilitation Engineering – Health Sciences Centre, Rossbrook House, School of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba, 17th Ambulance Canadian Forces, Undergraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC),Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Police Service – Community, and Winnipeg School Division,       

For more information contact Ilana Simon, Director of Communications & Marketing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, 204-789-3427, or 204-295-6777 ([email protected]).

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