The 2014 delegates have all left for home and should be settling into their next big OCE. Soon photos and other fun media from camp will be posted on this site. All delegates will also be added to the alumni association group. We look forward to hearing about the accomplishments and successes of all of our new alumni. Don’t forget the tradition of celebrating your “firsts” and getting comfortable outside your comfort zones!
Today the 2014 delegates and staph are traveling to Washington, D.C. After a tour and lunch at Ayrshire Farm, in Upperville, VA, they will be peregrinating to and around the nation’s capitol. Later in the evening (around 6:30 pm) the delegates will be walking around the National Mall Monuments, starting at the White House. Friends and family are welcome to join delegates for a few hours as they visit the monuments*!
Additional events for the week include (in no particular order): Senate Luncheon, Smithsonian Museum tours, Case Studies in Science Policy by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a tour of Orbital Sciences, and Forensic workshops at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. The delegates will be heading back to camp on July 18th!
*Delegates should also have cell phone service if their phones work in the United States. We have a busy few days ahead of us; look for more updates on July 18th!
The 2014 delegation just returned from their second overnighter. In addition to the usual hiking, biking, climbing, and caving options, an additional group went to West Virginia University for an overnighter focused on music. The first day focused on the fusion of technology and music, followed by a private tour of the Creative Arts Center. Today, they enjoyed a presentation about the influence of the Renaissance on the scientific revolution and witnessed a blacksmithing demonstration.
“Understanding Source Water and Its Protection” was the topic of the evening lecture, by Ms. Crystal Hubbard, a geologist for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources/Bureau for Public Health/Office of Environmental Health. Her lecture discussed where water comes from, how we can protect it and keep it safe for future use.
Today was a very busy day for the 2014 delegation, as they had three lectures, their last day of this directed study block, and a very full seminar block. The morning lecturer, Dr. Doug Brash, in his talk “How Sunlight Causes Skin Cancer – A Detective Story” spoke about the causes of skin cancer at a genetic level.
One directed study was on Arduinos.
Screen Printing was offered as a directed study.
Delegates looked through a microscope to get a better view of a stream’s contents.
One seminar included tie-dying shirts.
One directed study was on stream study.
Flag raising ceremony by the Michigan delegates.
An afternoon lecture, by Ms. Lisa Grant, of Shell, discussed the architecture of deepwater oil wells, as well as the life cycle of the drilling process and the various engineering components of the oilfield. The evening lecture, “Stem Cells – The Future of Regenerative Medicine,” by Dr. Stephen Chang of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, spoke on the future possibilities of stem cell research.
Delegates and staph are heading out on overnight trips again; next update will be the evening of July 8, 2014!