Jean-Marc Moersdorf, a 2010 graduate of from St. Wendel, Germany, was selected to represent Germany at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Moersdorf 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 Moersdorf, “The program affected my experience at camp in the way of building some relationships with others. Seeing and enjoying the nature of the forest of West Virginia during our hiking trips was amazing.” 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, Moersdorf said, “I was very interested in lectures and directed studies about chemistry, specifically the directed study about polymers. I was also proud of being in the directed study about anatomy of the human hands, regardless of it being more difficult to understand.” Jean-Marc Moersdorf is planning to study Science (Chemics, Physics) at Gymnasium Wendaliunum 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