Wesley Miller, a 2010 graduate of South Medford HS from Central Point, Oregon, was selected to represent Oregon at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Miller 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 Miller, “Honestly, my favorite experience of camp was on the very first day when all of us arrived and stayed with host families. None of us knew what to expect, but we still shared a sense of excitement. My hosts were so thrilled to have us at their house and in their state, in fact the whole state seemed to be proud of the camp. Three other delegates stayed with the same family as I, and although we were still strangers, we had a great time hanging out together and playing games.” 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, Miller said, “I have always been interested in alternative energy and that interest has been enhanced here at camp. Not only have I learned about the details of solar, wind, and biodiesel energy production, I have also had a chance to talk to other minds that share my same interest.” Wesley Miller is planning to study Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State or Univ of Portland or Loyola Marymount 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