Violeta Valderrama, a 2010 graduate of nstitución Educativa Experimental No. 1278 La Molina from , Peru, was selected to represent Peru at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Valderrama 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 Valderrama, “I’ve never believed that I could be good at painting and making things with my hands. Also, my staff art guide Amber was a great teacher and she helped me every step of the way.” 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, Valderrama said, “At first I was sad because I couldn’t watch the World Cup game. But when we watched it the next day as a group it was great because everybody was together rooting on their favorite soccer team and it was great and very crazy!” Violeta Valderrama is planning to attend Universidad Agrama La Molina 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