Jordan Marks, a 2010 graduate of Cheyenne East HS from Cheyenne, Wyoming, was selected to represent Wyoming at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Marks 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 Marks, “The “Why Things Fall Apart” lecture greatly impacted me. The six reasons he presented that people and things fail are valid in every situation I have considered. It made me realize the importance of taking responsibility and recognizing why the failure happened in order to fix that and future problems.” 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, Marks said, “I love the opportunity to build relationships with people based on nature and science. It is an awesome bonding experience to be hiking up the same trail or attempting to climb the same rock. Everyone is so supportive of everyone else and I think the outdoor setting has greatly encouraged that.” Jordan Marks is planning to study biomedical engineering or other branch of engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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