Hometown: San Fernando
High School: San Fernando College
College Plans: University of Chile
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Camping, Gardening, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Running, Sports, Traveling, VideoNon
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Fabian Gaete of San Fernando College from San Fernando, Chile, represented Chile as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Gaete 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.
Gaete said, “I think my NYSC experience has affected me in a really positive way, it has been awesome. It’s the first time I’m in a camp, my first time out of Chile, my first time meeting a lot of people at one time, and my first time having a real immersion in speaking English.”
Gaete also included, “This camp is really important, it offers awesome and unique opportunities to everyone: lectures with professionals, outdoor activities, and one of the most important things is that we are disconnected of everything, we just have us and we have to share with everybody. It’s fantastic.”
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Fabián Gaete, one of the four Chilean delegates, soaks in the West Virginia sun on a hilltop with fellow delegates Maranda Fordham and Matthew Haynes during the camp’s Fourth of July celebration.