ACOM's "Health, Wellness and the Five Senses" camp

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- It's about virtual reality and hands-on experiments.

(Source: WTVY)

This week, at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, kids from all over southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are learning about science.

“Behind me here is medication is; watch them dissolve medications and to test hypotheses, so not only are they learning about healthcare-related activities,” Dr. Wayne Parker, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology.

“They’re learning to test scientific hypotheses on medication absorption.”

The camp is part of ACOM's beyond the classroom initiative. The college wants to demonstrate the importance of science and new technology and it's free for kids 12 through 18.

“Thanks to the Southeast Health Foundation who has generously provided the support for the science camp that provides up to 225 students free of charge to come experience healthcare related and science-related activities,” said Parker.

Students go through six different programs to learn about the body and the way we live.

“For all kids, it’s really beneficial in teaching them critical thinking and teaching them problem-solving skills and also helping them how science impacts their everyday life.”

This virtual reality exhibit deals with what we see, and for the kids, they are already learning how it all works in reality.

“How they use virtual reality to study hearts and like how they work and everything like that. If I ever become a doctor, yes I would use that as like a study plan basically,” said camper Haisten Wiggins.

One of the other favorite parts of the camp was the exercising interaction.

“The most that’s interested me is the yoga part. Cause it helped with slowing down breathing, the nerve system, and much more,” Kayllie Cornell.

The science camp ends on Thursday and 75 new students attend each day.