Attention parents! Are you the parent of a middle school student? Are you looking for a different kind of summer camp this year? The North Country Health Consortium and the Hugh J. Gallen Career and Technical Center invite middle school students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with a Health Careers twist (STEM-Health Career Summer Camp).

This week-long STEM-Health Career Camp will be held each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hugh J. Gallen Career and Technical Center the week of July 21-25. Attendees of the STEM-Health Career Summer Camp will be given hands-on career exploration opportunities, including the use of state-of-the-art dental and medical simulators, various workshops and presentations with health professionals, and a comprehensive hospital tour experience.

The cost for the camp is $75 per student, which includes lunch and snacks (scholarships are available). The Littleton STEM-Health Career Summer Camp is open to girls and boys who have who have completed seventh or eighth grade. Space is limited so early registration is essential.

"These summer camps are a fun way to introduce students in Coos and Grafton counties to the many career opportunities available in the health care field, everything from orthopedics and dentistry to veterinary and elder care," said Nancy Frank, executive director of North Country Health Consortium.

The Northern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center (NNH AHEC), a program of the North Country Health Consortium, and the Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center sponsor the STEM-Health Camp, funded in part by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the State Office of Rural Health.

The focus of the STEM-Health Career Summer Camp initiative is to provide students with a low-cost, local opportunity to explore a vast array of health careers. Participating in this hands-on, interactive camp is a fun experience that will allow students to explore different health professions with the hope that they may further be encouraged to pursue a career in the field. Developing interest at the middle school level allows students to gain a broad understanding of the potential opportunities that exist in the field.

To obtain a registration application for the Littleton camp, log on to www.nchcnh.org (click on AHEC, Health Careers, Summer Camp) or call Diana Gibbs, NCHC Program manager, at (603) 259-3700 ext. 222. To watch YouTube videos of past summer camps, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/NNHAHEC.

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