High School: Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Tocantins State – Campus Araguaína
College Plans: Undecided
Professional Plans: Software Engineer
Interests: Biking, Camping, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Develop Programs; Talk; Among other things;
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Rafael da Silva Ferreira of Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Tocantins State – Campus Araguaína from Araguaina, Brazil, represented Brazil as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Ferreira 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.
Ferreira said, “My favorite outdoor activity was hiking, because I stayed with direct contact with the environment and my new friends.”
Ferreira also included, “This summer I was challenged every day through the different activities. I confronted those challenges with determination and knowledge.”
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Rafael da Silva Ferreira, one of the delegates from Brazil, works in a group with delegates from Georgia and South Dakota in a robotics directed study. International students are challenged to immerse themselves in U.S. culture and the English language, while U.S. delegates have the opportunity to learn much about the world from the foreign delegates.