CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Ming Zhao of Amity Regional HS from Woodbridge, Connecticut, represented Connecticut as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Zhao 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.
Zhao said, “My NYSC experience has made me realize that science is an active pursuit involving collaboration, passion, and fun.”
Zhao also included, “One challenge this summer was getting to know and befriend so many delegates in so little time. I overcame this challenge by consciously encouraging myself to talk and socialize beyond my normal comfort level.”
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Ming Zhao, from Connecticut, examines a printer cartridge during Dr. David Hackleman’s directed study on the ink-jet technology. As one of the inventors, Dr. Hackleman is most qualified to lead delegates through the intricacies of the innovation.