CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Jayke-Wilson Carig of James Campbell HS from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, represented Hawaii as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Carig 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.
Carig said, “Kayaking was my favorite out door activity because there were many scenic views and it was a thrill going through the rapids.”
Carig also included, “One thing I will always remember about this summer is the surprises. This camp is full of spontaneous and exciting surprises.”
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
Jayke Carig, one of the delegate representatives from the islands of Hawaii, works alongside Harsh Patolia, a Virginia delegate, during a directed study on how radios work. Different concepts of technology and physics come together through such directed studies.