Christopher Hakoda, a 2010 graduate of Mililani High School from Honolulu, Hawaii, was selected to represent Hawaii at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Hakoda 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 Hakoda, “Just the bond you form with everyone over time is unique to such a program. It’s like having one 100 close friends. Sleeping on the top bunks was also fun, as was hiking. Then again the cabin meetings were also something I looked forward to. Maybe it’s just the combination of this entire camp. It was by far the best way I have ever spent a summer; forget summer school.” 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, Hakoda said, “The outdoor activities and natural beauty of the place just completed the package of the outdoor program. Everything about it was stunning and definitely a potential life changer for any nature lover like myself.” Christopher Hakoda is planning to study Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology or University of Hawaii, Manoa 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