Tiffanie Stone, a 2010 graduate of Academy for Science and Agriculture from Arden Hills, Minnesota, was selected to represent Minnesota at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Stone 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 Stone, “The lecture’s at the National Youth Science Camp have been very interesting and pertinent to me as a student and a scientist. I feel like a more balanced individual after listening to the variety of different scientists discuss everything from food additives to genetic diseases to solar power and everywhere in-between. I not only discovered new interests through lectures, but I also learned more about topics I would never have heard about otherwise.” 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, Stone said, “The best part of the entire trip was hands down meeting all the new people from all over the United States and several countries around the world. Any trip can be fun if the right people are on it. No matter what we were doing, I was having a blast because the people were so much fun.” Tiffanie Stone is planning to study Applied Plant Science, Minor: International Agriculture at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 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