Louise van den Heuvel, a 2010 graduate of Nashua HS North from Nashua, New Hampshire, was selected to represent New Hampshire at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. van den Heuvel 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 van den Heuvel, “My best experience of camp was the Fourth of July celebration on a beautiful hillside which was formerly a Civil War battlefield. We picked wild blueberries and listened to the delegates from across the nation describe what independence meant to them.” 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, van den Heuvel said, “The National Youth Science Camp has reinforced my passion for all things science related; it has confirmed my interest in mechanical engineering while exposing me to various interesting fields of science that I might otherwise not have studied.” Louise van den Heuvel is planning to study Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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