Hometown: Tijuana, Baja California
High School: Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS)Universidad
College Plans: CETYS Universidad
Professional Plans: Engineer
Interests: Camping, Chess, Hiking, Music, Photography, Reading, Traveling, Video, Mechanics, Electronics
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Manuel Olivas Garcia of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS)Universidad from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, represented Mexico as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Olivas Garcia 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.
Olivas Garcia said, “My favorite outdoor activity was hiking, a new adventure that I didn’t have an opportunity to do before.”
Olivas Garcia also included, “I will always remember from this summer how the people here have been so open to us and help with everything.”
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Manuel Olivas Garcia, one of the Mexican delegates, cooperates with Harsh Patolia from Virginia in soldering a radio component. This directed study focused on learning about one of the most commonplace technologies of the twentieth century, perhaps overlooked today in its technological intricacies in light of its pervasiveness.