Nicole Clark, a 2010 graduate of Centennial HS from Boise, Idaho, was selected to represent Idaho at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Clark 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 Clark, “My favorite experience was dissecting the arm and hand of a cadaver. It was amazing to see the structures I studied in anatomy class in real life. The perfect detail and design of each nerve and tendon is such a testament to the beauty of God’s creation.” 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, Clark said, “I enjoyed being outside in God’s beautiful creation in West Virginia - the breathtaking mountains, canyons, forests and trees. I have never backpacked, kayaked, or rock climbed and I feel so blessed to have these experiences at camp.” Nicole Clark is planning to study Biochemistry (STARS Program: Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies - 7-yr undergraduate through Ph.D. biochemistry research program) at Washington 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.
National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax