CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Juan Salazar of Liceo Internacional from Quito, Ecuador, represented Ecuador as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Salazar joined 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eleven other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year. The NYSC, located in the beautiful and rustic setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.
Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, Directed Studies provided extensive hands-on experiences in specific fields. Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.
In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.
Salazar said, “My NYSC experience reassured me what I want to do with my life.”
Salazar also included, “NYSC makes us all know that we have a great potential to do whatever we want and that we’ll succeed as long as we do what we like and we do it with conscience and awareness of the changes we’ll make.”
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One of the delegates from Ecuador, Juan Salazar, leans over the equipment used for a directed study exploring the physics of light and the history of science. Diverse concepts are presented by experts in the respective field who volunteer their time to come to camp and lead directed studies.