BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Dozens of students got the change to explore health professions at a Medical Academy of Science and Health (M.A.S.H.) camp.
For two days, rising 8th and 9th graders toured, spoke with professionals, and were given the chance to take part in hands-on learning activities at Lourdes Hospital.
The goal of the program is to promote health professions to young people before they being selecting high school course work and set goals for their future careers.
“We really hope that they learn about careers that they didn’t know about, or didn’t know much about and hopefully it will influence them to go and and pursue careers in healthcare,” said Claire Payne the program manager at the Central New York Area Health Education Center.
While educational, students said there were many highlights throughout the camp.
“Probably the highlight so far is this robot over here that you get to operate with your fingers and they’ve had us use the robot to get stuff out of the operation game, and it’s been really fun,” said Ryan Massengale a rising 9th grader.
Organizers from the Central New York Area Health Education Center say these camps are primarily done throughout the summer, but they have several options throughout the year.