Andrew Jones, a 2010 graduate of Rocky Mountain HS from Fort Collins, Colorado, was selected to represent Colorado at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Jones 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 Jones, “We’ve had a series of Engineering competition seminars led by staff member Alex Kinn in which we work in teams or alone (depending on the challenge) and work with handicaps and/or limited materials to create the best device. In the first challenge we had to build the tallest tower, but no one could use their right hand. It was a good lesson in teamwork and ingenuity.” 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, Jones said, “The best part of camp has been meeting delegates from all over the country and other parts of the world. Each person has their own perspective on the world and it’s really cool to listen to them.” Andrew Jones is planning to study Molecular Biology at University of Wyoming 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