Fifty high school students from Colorado and beyond spent a week on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus learning about how engineers solve important clinical problems as part of Bioengineering Opportunities and Leadership Training (BOLT) camp hosted by the Department of Bioengineering at CU Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus. Highlights of the camp included conducting a CRISPR Cas-9 tissue engineering experiment, participating in an anatomy experience with the AHEC cadaver lab, working with engineering and clinical faculty to design and prototype solutions to unmet clinical needs, and learning to solder, 3D print, and build circuits.
Additionally, students interacted with researchers and clinicians, and networked with current graduate and undergraduate students. BOLT provides high school students with unprecedented opportunities to immerse themselves into the world of bioengineering and biomedical engineering. BOLT graduates frequently come back as BOLT volunteer leaders and are eligible for scholarships upon matriculation into the Bioengineering Undergraduate program. The camps have grown in popularity, with availability selling out well in advance.