Aubrey Lambach, a 2010 graduate of Mukwonago High School from Big Bend, Wisconsin, was selected to represent Wisconsin at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Lambach 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 Lambach, “My time at camp has served to reinforce my love for all branches of science. By listening to so many successful and driven people lecture about how science has augmented their lives, I know that I too have the potential to follow my dreams. Their stories have opened my eyes to all the opportunities science holds for me that I previously had not considered.” 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, Lambach said, “The best experience I’ve had at camp has been the immersion into a new adventure where I have been able t converse with and interact with delegates from all over the world. Each of them have unique opinions and views about the world and I know that even though I was here for only three and a half weeks, the friendships I’ve made will impact my life forever.” Aubrey Lambach is planning to study Biology at Drake 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