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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Theodore Fennema

Ted Fennema

South Dakota


High School:
Avon HS

College Plans: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Major: Geological Engineering
Professional Plans: not given
Interests: Hiking, Listening to Music, Playing Paintball

Theodore Fennema, a 2010 graduate of Avon HS from Avon, South Dakota, was selected to represent South Dakota at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Fennema 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 Fennema, “Mac Louthan’s Lecture “Why Things Fall Apart” was my favorite. It was interesting because he made analogies between why things fail mechanically and why things fail in life. It was very inspiring and I will follow his advice.”  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, Fennema said, “My time at camp has deepened my interest in geological engineering, but has also made me interested in other disciplines such as metallurgical and materials engineering.” Theodore Fennema is planning to study Geological Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 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

Theodore Fennema

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