Rachel Lamm, a 2010 graduate of Colby High School from Colby, Kansas, was selected to represent Kansas at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Lamm 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 Lamm, “My best experience has been when I climbed the 80 ft tall rock face. It took three different days and over 40 falls, but I did it. Climbing this rock included many vital things and people. Encouragement from the staff and my fellow delegates, personal strength, and an unbreakable spirit made it all possible.” 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, Lamm said, “Science camp has reinforced my love for law. While there might not be a clear connection, there is a link. Learning about groundbreaking technologies could lead to patent law. Hearing lectures abut bioethics has strengthened my love for debate.” Rachel Lamm is planning to study Political Science and Public Relations, Statistics Minor at The University of Kansas, Lawrence 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