CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Mercedez Bradley of Omaha North Magnet HS from Omaha, Nebraska, represented Nebraska as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Bradley 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.
Bradley said, “My absolute favorite outdoor activity was caving. I had never been in a cave before and I found it was absolutely stunning. Being inside a cave is like looking through a kaleidoscope; every way you look, you see a completely new scenery around you.”
Bradley also included, “I believe NYSC gives those of us who are wanting to go into the science field, a taste of what it’s like. It’s a community here that shares your values, your interests, and says to you, ‘It’s absolutely cool to like science! Go get your nerd on.’ I think programs like NYSC give us science lovers a chance to shine.”
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Mercedez Bradley works on the camp laptops next to a Mexican delegate in checking current weather patterns as part of a directed study which delved into the effects of weather on flight.