MiRcore, a 501(c)(3) biomedical-centric non-profit with patented technology in the field is operating a camp to ignite the interest of high school students in computer science, medicine, and research on May 28-31, 2019 on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
During this camp students are patiently and methodically introduced to critical thinking opportunities and taught computer skills that can be used to pursue their own independent research in the fields of genomics and disease. Students are shown how to advance their research projects to the level for submission to scientific competitions and publication in professional peer-reviewed technical journals. Numerous alumni of the camp have gone on to win at the national level in science fairs as well as attend the Intel ISEF.
During the camp, students learn how to conduct computer-aided research including the computational use of statistical software packages to analyze ‘BIG data’/gene expression data and how to navigate publicly available patient datasets found in government disease study repositories. Excitingly, the students also participate in a miRcore designed wet-lab activity using actual lab equipment used in a typical biomedical research lab which is designed to teach the basics of gel electrophoresis and how DNA data is acquired.