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Girls talk diagnostics
at GEMS Camp

By Liz Dadson

Science and Technology

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Leader Sudduf Wyne (L) does some hands-on training on diagnostics with Cydney Morris, 11, of Port Elgin, Kaelyn Richards, 11, of Kincardine, and Sheetal Gill, 11, of Kincardine, at the GEMS Camp, held last week at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre



Camp counsellors Sara Cavasotto (L) and Priya Kalra of Kincardine, discuss symptoms and diagnoses with their group of campers at the GEMS Camp Wednesday morning, at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre



GEMS Camp leader Rafia Waraich (L) holds her daughter, Sibel Rashad, three months, while the campers pretend to take her blood pressure at the GEMS Camp Wednesday morning; with Rafia and Sibel, are campers Lucy Thorpe (front) and Sheetal Gill, both 11, of Kincardine, Cydney Morris, 11, of Port Elgin, Emily Killin, 11, of Kincardine, and camp  leader Sudduf Wyne

Wednesday morning, saw 25 girls, ages eight to 12, trying to take each other's blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration.

It was all part of a diagnostics lab at the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Camp, held last week at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre. The event is sponsored by Bruce Power, Ontario Power Generation, and Women in Nuclear (WiN) Bruce.

Led by engineers Sudduf Wyne and Rafia Waraich, the lab outlined how medical personnel diagnose diseases from a set of symptoms.

At various centres, the leaders and counsellors were discussing such diseases as cancer, anxiety and depression, pneumonia, cold and flu, and stroke.

In the afternoon, the girls would role-play as patients with certain symptoms and the other girls would have to diagnose them.

Joining Wyne and Waraich, are counsellors Jillian Bjelan and Priya Kalra, former GEMS campers, as well as other volunteers and helpers, including Jessica White of Bruce Power.

Jillian Bjelan, a former GEMS camper, discusses blood pressure at the diagnostics lab Wednesday morning during the GEMS Camp at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre

Besides the diagnostics lab on Wednesday, the girls studied Forensic Science on Tuesday, and became Crime Scene Investigators; studied Eco Ethics on Thursday, and studied Robotics on Friday.

Next week, another group of 25 girls will study Building Muscle on Monday; Money Management on Tuesday; Diagnostics on Wednesday; Global Family Ties on Thursday; and Entrepreneurship on Friday.


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