High School Students Receive Disaster Training

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For most high school students, summer is a time to relax. Hanging out by the pool becomes number one priority, while learning takes a back seat.

But a few Bryan High students used some of their summer days to learn new skills to help them later in life.

To help encourage high school students to pursue a career in a health related profession, the Texas A&M Health Science Center hosted a three-day camp for 24 teenagers.

Instructors and coaches taught the attendees real life skills, such as how to use a stethoscope and properly administer first aid.

The final day of the camp dropped the students right in the middle of "Disaster City", which the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) typically uses to train emergency responders such as fire fighters. There students learned how to effectively communicate through teamwork, transport a victim out of a collapsed building, and even use leverage to move objects heavier than them.

The Health Science Center provided the camp free of charge to the students, who were nominated to attend by their teacher or principal.

Officials say the inaugural camp was a success, and that they plan to host more camps next summer.