Eau Claire (WQOW) -If your child wants to be in the medical field when they grow up, this week-long, immersive summer camp might be for them.
Blugold Beginnings, a college access program with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, hosts five career prep camps each summer for middle and high school students, including a biomedical and kinesiology camp going on July 7 – 12.
Kids interested in healthcare or even sports medicine had the opportunity to tour labs and hospitals, conduct experiments, and go on immersive field trips like one at King Cranberries in Augusta.
“We’re looking at genetics, cell structure, the way that genetics impact agriculture as well as the human body, and have had the opportunity for kids to really have a hands-on, practical exploration into the kinds of things they might learn in the classroom,” explained Jodi Thesing-Ritter, executive director for diversity and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The students performed experiments like constructing cranberry DNA to create their perfect berry, extracting actual berry DNA, and planting their own cranberry vines to take home.
Thesing-Ritter said it’s not rare to see light bulbs go off as students learn exactly how they fit into their future career paths.