The ACES Summer camp was a pilot program formed in collaboration with Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Roswell Park, The Jacobs Institute, University at Buffalo, Kaleida Health and Unyts.  This two week summer camp gave rising 9th graders the opportunity to understand various careers and elements relative to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as it relates to the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  Area WNY students were given the opportunity to not only see the various institutions and organizations on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus but they also got the opportunity learn and hear from various professionals within the campus. 

Unyts was able to work with the students for a day educating them on the importance of organ, eye, tissue and blood donation.  The students were able to hear from two volunteer speakers that had a direct connection to our mission.  This provided the students with a real understanding of what it means to receive and give the Gift of Life.  From there the students went into three stations providing them with more detailed and hands on activities relative to organ, eye and tissue and blood donation. They were able to see under a microscope a human drop of blood giving them the understanding the life-saving components of blood.  They also did an experiment relative to blood typing.   

The students were able to see how one organ, eye and tissue donor has the ability to save up to 50 lives.  They had the opportunity to see an actual cornea and sclera, bones, ligaments and skin.  They also worked as a group to understand the function of the six major organs and where their located in the body.  Overall the day spent with these rising 9th graders was not only an opportunity for them to learn about Unyts but also understand the value of what we do in the community.    

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