High School: The Angel’s School
College Plans: Universidad de Chile
Major: Computer Science
Professional Plans: Video Game Programmer
Interests: Cards, Movies, Photography, Reading, Sports, Video. Computers, Debate
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Andres Cerda Pimentel of The Angel’s School from Santiago, Chile, represented Chile as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Cerda Pimentel 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.
Cerda Pimentel said, “The hardest outdoor activity was climbing, where you had to be very aware of your surroundings, which I wasn’t, but at the end, and despite the fact that it took me thirty minutes, I reached the top.”
Cerda Pimentel also included, “My NYSC experience has changed the way I see humanity, now I see that we individuals are so tiny and insignificant, but also so powerful, and that we humans all want happiness, and are equal to each other.”
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Andrés Cerda Pimentel, one of the four Chilean delegates, introduces one of the guest lecturers. Delegates interact freely with guest professionals and have the opportunity to engage them in conversation to answer their many questions or simply converse amicably on any topic.