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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Nicholas Crawford

Nick Crawford



High School:
Brighton HS

College Plans: University of Utah
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Engineer
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Hiking, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Skiing, Boating

Nicholas Crawford, a 2010 graduate of Brighton HS from Sandy, Utah, was selected to represent Utah at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Crawford 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 Crawford, “ The best experience at camp so far was celebrating the 4th of July. Being on a Civil War battlefield and hearing the stories of new friends from across the country and world was unique and uplifting. It is something that I may never experience again because only the National Youth Science Camp can create such an environment.”  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, Crawford said, “One lecture that sticks out in my mind was the one given by Alan Daly. I was impressed by how he used science to help others even when that was not his original field. I learned that science is more than knowledge, it is the application of that knowledge to help those in need that is most important.” Nicholas Crawford is planning to study Mechanical Engineering at University of Utah 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

Nicholas Crawford

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