Felipe Garcia, a 2010 graduate of Instituto Industriaol Luis A. Huergo from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was selected to represent Argentina at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Garcia 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 Garcia, “The National Youth Science Camp gave me the most important experience in my life and the opportunity to meet delegates with different cultures and learn about them. I’m thankful for director Blackwood and the entire NYSC family, because they made me feel right at home. ” 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, Garcia said, “My time at camp has enhanced my interest in chemistry and the environment. At home, I’m studying chemistry at the University and it’s definitely my passion! Camp helps me to know that chemistry is my dream. ” Felipe Garcia is planning to study Chemistry at Universidad de Buenos Aires 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