Rodner Lopez, a 2010 graduate of Colegio Mayor Secundario Presidente Del Peru from Lima, Peru, was selected to represent Peru at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Lopez 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 Lopez, “The outdoor program, the directed study, and the lecture seminars I experienced enhanced my interest in the science, but specifically in the physics because I could appreciate how it influences the development of most things. For that reason the next year when I have to choose my career, I will choose Environmental Engineering.” 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, Lopez said, “I think the outdoor program helped me improve myself because I realized that I love nature and how it relates to science. I also understood how the outdoor program developed our working in groups and this is really important to life.”
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