Stephen Metcalf, a 2010 graduate of Paul g. Blazer High School from Ashland, Kentucky, was selected to represent Kentucky at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Metcalf 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 Metcalf, ““One Day in the Life of Vlad the Astrophysicist,” a lecture by Dr. Vladi Chaloupka, truly changed my life. By discussing the scales of space and time throughout the entire universe, he made me realize how senseless it is to be angry or upset over menial events. I hope to meet with Dr. Chaloupka again in the future.” 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, Metcalf said, “I can not point out one particular experience as the best experience because the camp has been full of so many. From learning how to make hemp bracelets to having my mind opened up to the vastness of the universe, the National Youth Science Camp has been the perfect mix of learning and fun. I have learned how to salsa and properly throw a Frisbee, and I have made friends from all over the world. The National Youth Science Camp has changed my 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