Summer Science Lesson Teaches Students About Cancer

STATE — While science lessons weren’t on the agenda for too many high school students this summer, a few dozen recently took on a “BOLD” initiative to enhance their biology knowledge. The BOLD (BioCONECT Oncology Leadership Development) summer camp experience — offered by The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the UMDNJ-School of Public Health — gave students a chance to learn about the development of cancer.

Students from Cardinal McCarrick High School, Edison High School and St. Joseph High School took part in this event. The teens researched their own “pedigree” by exploring their own family history of cancer, and they discovered jobs in the oncology field through a career “speed dating” event.

In this photo, students learned about cell biology by re-creating the parts of the cell with string in this floor exercise.

The camp program stemmed from the BioCONECT curriculum, created by educators at CINJ and SPH, which allows students to interact online with fictitious twins whose mother was diagnosed with the breast cancer. Students learn about the development of cancer and what lifestyle steps can be taken to prevent the disease. Training is offered to teachers in New Jersey to help them implement the curriculum in their biology classes.

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