Brooke Cotta, a 2010 graduate of Mt. Hope HS from Bristol, Rhode Island, was selected to represent Rhode Island at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Cotta 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 Cotta, “This whole experience has been fantastic and inspiring. Being surrounded by such a great and diverse group of people from all over is something that I can only hope will continue in the future. The environment around us at camp is incredible. It’s like we are in our own tiny world and it’s a perfect learning environment. It has been an amazing time getting to know and spend these past weeks with the other delegates and staff and I hope to keep in touch with all of these incredible and intelligent people.” 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, Cotta said, “My desire to pursue environmental engineering has only heightened through this experience. I have never been so in touch with science and nature at once. I have discovered an even greater love for the environment, especially with the lectures reinforcing our environment’s needs.” Brooke Cotta is planning to study Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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