High School: Charter School of Wilmington
College Plans: University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
Major: Economics and Biology
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Music, Reading, Business, Science
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Bohan Wei of Charter School of Wilmington from Newark, Delaware, represented Delaware as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Wei 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.
Wei said, “The hardest outdoor activity was hiking for twelve miles on a trail through the Monongahela National Forest. I had never hiked before and the uphill hike was arduous, but it was an amazing experience and I gained a terrific sense of accomplishment at the end of the hike.”
Wei also included, “NYSC is definitely important because there will never be an experience like it ever again in one’s life, to be so in touch with nature and experiencing and learning about new applications of science every day. NYSC should be promoted more heavily so that more students who love science may have the opportunity to apply for this prestigious camp and further STEM education in the United States and abroad.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit www.nysf.com. Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Bohan Wei from Delaware examines her hands during a directed study exploring the mechanic nature of the human body.