National Science Foundation and
The University of Tennessee

Science and Engineering
Summer Camp
for Coal Creek Students
July 5 to July 8, 2004


While most folks slept late on their Fourth of July holiday, Dr. Tony English, the “nutty professor” from UT, was picking up Lake City Middle School students for summer camp.  Students from Coal Creek then traveled to the UT biomedical engineering lab on the Knoxville campus where they spent the day learning to make smart gels and synthetic tissues. 

They got “hands-on” experience working under a laboratory hood and preparing specimens using a hot plate stirrer and centrifuge.  They got to view their completed work under a microscope… not just any microscope, but one that projects onto a computer screen allowing data and images to be saved and analyzed. 
The students now understand how ugly scars on burn victims could be replaced with synthetic tissues and smart gels.  They also learned that biomedical engineering is not “rocket science” once you learn the ropes.  In fact, rocket science is not "rocket science" to a rocket scientist who is given the opportunity to learn the trade. 

After a visit to Taco Bell for lunch, Coal Creek students got an introduction to things they will do during the rest of the camp.  On Tuesday, they will use computerized mechanical drafting/design software and virtual instruments.  On Wednesday, they will use liquid nitrogen and learn how their synthetic tissues and smart gels can be preserved without adverse damage to individual cells.  On Thursday, they will document their work by developing a web site of their results. 
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Students attending camp include:

Emily Cox
J.J. Dotson
Grant Gouldie
Michael McCloud
Brittany Meredith
A.J. Powers
Drew Wilburn
Nathaniel West

See results of Day 3 of Summer Camp

Read the article in Clinton Courier News

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