Wyatt Mack, a 2010 graduate of Hope HS from Page, North Dakota, was selected to represent North Dakota at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Mack 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 Mack, “The best experience I’ve had at camp is meeting the delegates from all over the world, because I now have some friends with all kinds of cultural backgrounds. Some of my new friends are from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Germany and Trinidad. They all have great personalities and I’m so glad I got to spend this month getting to know all of them.” 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, Mack said, “The time here has definitely reinforced my love for outdoor sciences. I really want to pursue the environmental sciences and be outside working with organisms and conducting research. This experience drives me to the wildlife sciences I plan to pursue.” Wyatt Mack is planning to study Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at South Dakota 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