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Local students explore genetics

Middle school participants in Francis Howell’s Biomedical Science Camp kicked off summer by examining viruses, bacteria, and outbreaks of different diseases. Students also explored how to potentially cure genetic diseases by looking at DNA and genes.

The 2019 camp, hosted by Francis Howell High, offers middle school students experience with Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science courses offered in high school.

“It goes deeper into stuff we’ve talked about for just a day in school,” Katelyn Guth, incoming eighth grader from Saeger Middle, said. “When I learn about it in the future, I will already have that background knowledge.”

Students also created DNA models with candy and practiced DNA separation in a laboratory setting.

“I hope they get an interest in and appreciation for medicine this week,” Sam Berendzen, teacher and camp leader, said. “Whether the students end up being a doctor or not someday, we all have health issues and we all have a need for medicine. I want these kids to be thinking in terms of their health for their lifetime and what they can do to be proactive.”

Guth agreed. “This camp gets me learning for a week of the summer, rather than watching TV.”

Middle school students in Francis Howell’s Biomedical Science Camp examined bacteria and explored DNA structure in a laboratory setting. [FHSD photo]

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