Lauren Stephens, a 2010 graduate of North Central HS from Indianapolis, Indiana, was selected to represent Indiana at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Stephens 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 Stephens, “The camp has allowed me to explore a range of science. I am intrigued by the sheer diversity of science and want to continue exploring as many branches as I can. The camp has given me the perfect opportunity to do so.” 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, Stephens said, “The outdoor program provides a wonderful counterpart to academic challenges. It provides a perspective for science we are learning. For example, a description of the composition of the stars and their radio waves is backdropped against the splendor of the West Virginia sky.” Lauren Stephens is planning to study Computer Science/Math at MIT 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