Collin Berger, a 2010 graduate of Ridgefield HS from Ridgefield, Connecticut, was selected to represent Connecticut at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Berger 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 Berger, “My best experience at camp was engaging in hands on lessons with experts in their fields. In this setting, I examined human brains while a professor explained their anatomy as well as learned about microgravity from a NASA scientist.” 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, Berger said, “Two individuals who stood out to me were Dr. Vladimir Chaoupka from Washington State University and Dr. Sam Hensley from the University of Mississippi Bioethics Center who separately described the interactions between science and society. Between them, I gained a better appreciation of how the discovery and diffusion of scientific achievements will shape everything from politics to the culture of future generations.
” Collin Berger is planning to attend Princeton 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.
National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax