Luke Scime, a 2010 graduate of Morgantown HS from Morgantown, West Virginia, was selected to represent West Virginia at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Scime 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 Scime, “I am an incredibly organized person; everything is planned and has its place. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the National Youth Science Camp is living without a schedule. It has been amazing to be able to forget the day of the week and to not have any idea what I’ll be doing the next day. It’s an entirely different environment for me and I’m soaking it up.” 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, Scime said, “Being constantly exposed to staff members that have incredible expertise has had a huge impact an me. Specifically, I have learned a lot from those staff members, many of which are currently in college, studying in my field of interest: engineering. Their knowledge has fanned my excitement for all that I will learn when I study engineering.”
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