CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Jacob Walden of Castle View HS from Larkspur, Colorado, represented Colorado as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Walden 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.
Walden said, “My NYSC experience has affected me profoundly. I have a set of lifelong friends and an amazing new appreciation and understanding of science. One of the best experiences of my life.”
Walden also included, “NYSC is a brilliant idea of bringing like-minded young adults in a forum for discussion and greater understanding in the STEM fields. It’s an example of fun and creative learning needed more than ever for young adults in the United States.”
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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National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Jacob Walden, the only delegate from Colorado this year, takes careful notes during a directed study. There are no tests, exams, or evaluations testing the delegates’ learning from these academic experiences. Learning is done for learning’s sake, an unusually pure setting for many of these academically strong students.