Katherine Spring, a 2010 graduate of Maine School of Science and Mathematics from Wells, Maine, was selected to represent Maine at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Spring 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 Spring, “I loved the first lecture with Allen Daly. The way he was open to life allowed him to discover the need of one small town in the Solomon Islands. The idea that camp has of working outside of your comfort zone and trying new things was encompassed in his lecture as he discussed how he wasn’t a doctor, contractor, or fundraiser, but he made it work. ” 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, Spring said, “Some of my favorite moments are when people share stories they have form their experiences. It leads to many laughs!” Katherine Spring is planning to study Chemistry at Northeastern University 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