Steven Lay, a 2010 graduate of Central HS from Knoxville, Tennessee, was selected to represent Tennessee at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Lay 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 Lay, “The many medicine-related experiences I have had at camp, such as a hands-on analysis of a human brain, have strengthened my interest in medicine. At the same time, exposure to computer science fields have encouraged me to explore my other interests in college as well.” 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, Lay said, “The best experience at camp was a lecture by a former delegate, Marissa Meyer, Vice President of Search Products at Google. It was incredible to hear from someone responsible for helping building something that I, along with so many other people, use everyday.” Steven Lay is planning to study Biology at East Tennessee State 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