State/Country: New York
Hometown: Burnt Hills
High School: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS
College Plans: Brigham Young University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Patent Attorney
Interests: Camping, Hiking, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports, Traveling, Video, Creating and mixing music; playing tennis; working with computers
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Craig Maughan of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS from Burnt Hills, New York, represented New York as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Maughan 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.
Maughan said, “I will always remember the hikes and outdoor trips we went on, and the many times the other delegates and I would stay up late into the night around the campfire sharing stories, getting to know each other, and having a great time.”
Maughan also included, “This summer, it was a challenge to leave my home and spend nearly a month with people I didn’t know, but I quickly found that the other delegates and Staph* [a traditional spelling, for their infectious enthusiasm] here are really fun to be around.”
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Craig Maughan, a New York delegate, works with Titus Woo of Missouri on his right to develop a sales pitch for their mobile app design they created in a directed study. Although hypothetical, applicable and real-world ideas are borne of such exercises in imagination.