Vicki McKinney, a 2010 graduate of Central VPA (Visual & Performing Arts) HS from St. Louis, Missouri, was selected to represent Missouri at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. McKinney 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 McKinney, “I think the outdoor program at camp definitely effected my experience because if everyone stayed in their cabins we wouldn’t have been able to build relationships with anyone and we wouldn’t have been taking advantage of everyone and everything around us.” 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, McKinney said, “Allen Daly’s lecture of how he helped repair and aid a hospital in the Solomon Islands made me appreciate the things I had. It made me think about life in general and how a lot of people take a lot of things for granted.” Vicki McKinney is planning to study Chemical/Environmental Engineering at Missouri University of Science & 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