Belen Matorras Bratsche

belen-matorrasbratscheState/Country: Argentina
Hometown: Lincoln, Buenos Aires
High School: Escuela Del Alba
College Plans: Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCU)
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Mechanical Engineering
Interests: Cards, Chess, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Belen Matorras Bratsche of Escuela Del Alba from Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina, represented Argentina as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Matorras Bratsche 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.

Matorras Bratsche said, “NYSC me afectó favorablemente en muchos aspectos. Por ejemplo, antes del campamento yo estaba muy decidida en lo que iba a estudiar. Durante este tiempo estuve pensando mucho en eso, y ahora cambié mis planes de estudio! [NYSC changed me for the better in many respects. For instance, before camp I was committed to what I was going to study. Throughout my NYSC experience I have been thinking about my future, and have recently changed my study plans!]”

Matorras Bratsche also included, “NYSC me parece sumamente importante porque es una experiencia que te cambia la vida, además te prepara para el futuro, en cierto aspecto, porque te encuentras ‘solo’ al principio en un lugar lleno de gente. Pero al final te das cuenta de que no eres la única persona en esa situación, y ahí es cuando todo se vuelve mejor, mucho mejor. [NYSC has struck me as a very important life-changing experience that is able to prepare you for the future in a sense, as you find yourself ‘alone’ amidst a crowd of delegates. But you eventually realize you are not alone in this setting, and upon that realization your experience improves immensely.]”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Belen Matorras Bratsche, from Argentina, focuses on the basics of juggling during a lighthearted seminar.