NYSC Academic Program
The NYSC Academic Program consists of Lectures, Directed Studies, Seminars, and Delegate Lectures. Choose a link below to view detailed descriptions of this year's programming and to view pictures:
- A Lecture is a 50- to 75-minute presentation to the entire camp followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. It is usually a thought-provoking presentation of a scientist's work and the relation of that work to society. We hope that lectures will spur informal conversations between delegates and lecturers during meals and free time.
- A Directed Study is a hands-on, interactive small group experience. It lasts 60 to 75 minutes on each of three consecutive days. A directed study is usually investigative in nature, providing an opportunity for full student involvement. During the study, the presenter provides a model and a close guiding hand. The participants are able to pose questions, develop conceptual understanding through exploration, and draw conclusions.
- A Seminar is a 45-minute presentation involving a small group. At times, a seminar is more of a group discussion than a presentation, providing an opportunity for interaction and sharing among the participants. Unlike a directed study, a seminar concludes at the end of a single meeting. It is also more informal than either a directed study or lecture, and it allows the presenter to choose from a wide range of topics. These may include but are not limited to technical subjects, hobbies, philosophies, and personal experiences. Generally guests are invited to present directed studies and/or lectures and volunteer to present seminars spontaneously.
- Delegate Lectures provide an opportunity for several individuals to share their high school research projects with their fellow delegates. Delegate Seminars did the same, but with more recreational subjects.