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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Robert Ballew

Robby Ballew


South Weber

High School:
Northridge HS

College Plans: Utah State University
Major: Civil Engineering
Professional Plans: Career in the Air Force

Robert Ballew, a 2010 graduate of Northridge HS from South Weber, Utah, was selected to represent Utah at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Ballew joined 109 other top high school graduates representing the United States as well as students from nine other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 46th year. The camp, 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, eminent scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: Global Warming, Genomic Medicine, Radio Astronomy, and Energy Sustainability. Throughout camp, a Directed Study series provided extensive “hands-on” experiences in specific fields. According to Ballew, “My best experience at camp is enjoying the great West Virginia outdoors while kayaking. While I was on this kayaking trip I learned a lot more about my camp and also my leaders. This bond has made this camp extraordinary when compared to other camps.”  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 also explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates may choose from an array of afternoon seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion and culture. Regarding these experiences, Ballew said, “The outdoor program was amazing! This camp proves to me that fun can be found in more than science, but in outdoor climbing, hiking, kayaking and so many more amazing things.” Robert Ballew is planning to study Civil Engineering at Utah State University this fall.

Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation make it possible for all delegates to attend NYSC free of charge, including round-trip transportation.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew N. Blackwood, Ed.D.
Executive Director

National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax

Robert Ballew

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