Keiko Fujii

keiko-fujiiState/Country: Idaho
Hometown: Boise
High School: Cole Valley Christian School
College Plans: George Fox University
Major: Computer Science
Professional Plans: Software Engineer
Interests: Music, Photography, Reading, Traveling, Volunteering at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Keiko Fujii of Cole Valley Christian School from Boise, Idaho, represented Idaho as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Fujii 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.

Fujii said, “My favorite lecture was Dr. Mac Louthan’s “Why Stuff Falls Apart” lecture because he was able to combine humor, fascinating information, and life lessons and deliver a great lecture.”

Fujii also included, “It was challenging to be without running water or power for 36 hours, but being around such wonderful people kept me from focusing on what I didn’t have and focus instead of what I did.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Keiko Fujii, one of the delegates from Idaho, demonstrates a fold to the Bolivian delegates in the origami and mathematics directed study. Delegates choose according to their interests which directed study they would like to partake in, learning under a visiting professional.