Benjamin Morbach, a 2010 graduate of Gymnasium Wendalinum from Selbach-Nohfelden, Germany, was selected to represent Germany at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Morbach 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 Morbach, “First and foremost, the National Youth Science Camp was one of best experiences I have ever had. My best time at camp was on a Civil War battlefield on independence day with the entire camp. Not every German can have this kind of experience, and it makes me a really lucky guy.” 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, Morbach said, “The outdoor program, especially the hiking trips, showed me that I can exceed my limits and rely on my group to help me when I have problems. The camp gave me more than I ever expected.” Benjamin Morbach is planning to study medical science at University of Heidelberg or University of Munich 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