David Fletcher, a 2010 graduate of Hilton Head Island HS from Ridgeland, South Carolina, was selected to represent South Carolina at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Fletcher 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 Fletcher, “It sounds corny, but the people, both delegates and staff, have made the camp so much fun. Every one, and I mean that literally, every single person here is friendly as anyone could ask for. When everyone is a stranger, its easy to make everyone a friend.” 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, Fletcher said, “Upon arrival, I had fully intended to work my way up to Medical School, but after joining a directed study on alternate energy and seeing lectures on chemical engineering, I was reminded that there is more out there for science students to go into than medicine.” David Fletcher is planning to study Biochemistry at Clemson 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