Simone Dixon, a 2010 graduate of Northwest Cabarrus HS from Kannapolis, North Carolina, was selected to represent North Carolina at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Dixon 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 Dixon, “I came to camp with an interest in biology that was overwhelmingly reinforced by the scientists and guest speakers that visited camp. My choices for study in college have been influenced by a directed study on cancer with Tressa Allington and the overall dependence of biological research on technology, mathematical models, and computer programing.” 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, Dixon said, “Dr. Holmes Morton began his lecture by playing the cello - a skill he picked up at the age of 46. Dr. Morton used this experience as an example of “difficult learning” to demonstrate the relationship it has to complex genetic disorders. I learned that any significant learning must be difficult.” Simone Dixon is planning to study Biology at Furman 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