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Science Camp in a Box: Home

What is ACOM Science Camp?

ACOM Science Camp provides youth from the Wiregrass (ages 12-18) with the opportunity to learn more about science and healthcare through immersive and other hands-on activities. These activities are designed to engage youth in the exploration of a variety of scientific principles, with the goal of increasing interest in future science and health education and careers.

ACOM Science Camp is one part of the college’s Beyond the Classroom series. Beyond the Classroom has become an integral part of ACOM’s outreach to the community to demonstrate the importance of science in healthcare and developing new technology. The series also includes the annual Wiregrass District Science Fair and other workshops. Through the generous support of the Southeast Health Foundation, ACOM is able to facilitate these programs free-of-charge to participants.

This year’s Science Camp is a “Science Camp in a Box!”  where participants will work through activities including growing herbs and vegetables, and learning about nutrition and the importance of biodiversity!  We hope that you will enjoy the take-home camp experience and we hope to see you back on campus next summer!

The power of plants: Why are plants important?

According to the International Year of Plant Health plants make up 98% of the oxygen we breathe and 80% of the food we eat. 

Well-being – Natural areas improve well-being.  Access to natural areas can increase physical health, mental well-being and quality of life.

Medicine – Plants are important in drug discovery and many medicines are derived from plants.  Protecting biodiversity ensures that we can make new drug discoveries in the future as well!

Food – Let’s face it, plants are integral for our food chain.  Everything we eat, including meat, either comes from or feeds on plants. Without plants, there would be no other life!

Air quality – Green spaces reduce chemical pollutants in industrial and urban environments.  Green spaces reduce air pollution.

Climate – Plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the process of photosynthesis. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.  Plants help reduce carbon dioxide.

Habitats – Plants provide habitats for a large number of species. Wildlife and ecological systems depend on these habitats.

Who is the Southeast Health Foundation?

Founded in 2006, the Southeast Health Foundation is a not-for-profit, public charity created to engage partners in healthcare philanthropy, leverage resources and relationships, and support programs and services designed to advance healthcare and promote wellness in the communities served by Southeast Health and its academic division, the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM).

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