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First Overnighter: SUCCESS!

Today the delegates, scattered in groups throughout the West Virginia wilderness, found their way back to camp.  Many of the overnight trips offered at the National Youth Science Camp give delegates the opportunity to get in touch with Mother Nature and oftentimes try something they haven’t experienced yet in life.  For many delegates, these trips provide them with their first chance to use a map and compass, backpack through the woods, mountain bike, or crawl in a cave.

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One group of hikers enjoying a lunch break on the trail.

Delegates came across a fawn on an overnighter.

Delegates came across a fawn on an overnighter.

Michael Feffer playing the piano for after dinner entertainment.

Michael Feffer playing the piano for after dinner entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This evening’s lecture was given by Dr. Julie Robinson, of NASA, who was an Idaho delegate in 1985.  Her talk, “Science at 27,743.8 km/h,  about the International Space Station informed delegates of the many discoveries made so far, as well as how to get their ideas into orbit!

A group of delegates and staph hiking Seneca Creek.

A group of delegates and staph before hiking Seneca Creek.

Delegates at the top of Rocky Point in Dolly Sods as the sun sets.

Delegates at the top of Rocky Point in Dolly Sods as the sun sets.

One tradition at NYSC: birthday fairies!  They brought Mexican delegate Gabi Galicia a cake this evening.

One tradition at NYSC: birthday fairies! They brought Mexican delegate Gabi Galicia a cake this evening.

 

 

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As Directed Studies End…Overnighters Begin!

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Today, the 2014 delegates learned more about “How Molecular Medicine and precision Genomics will Revolutionize Cancer Therapy” from Dr. Chuck Clevenger of Northwestern University.     “Mathematics of Fair Division” by Dr. Walter Stromquist was the evening lecture topic.  He discussed … Continue reading

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Cancer, Space Archaeology, and Thriller!

Today the delegates enjoyed lectures by Dr. Rick Walker, of Marshall University, and Dr. Jim Tucker, a Senior Biospheric Scientist for NASA.  Dr. Walker’s lecture, entitled “Why We Won’t Find a Cure for Cancer, and Why We Don’t Want To” persuaded a few of these young science minds to change whether or not they wanted cancer cured tomorrow.  Dr. Tucker enlightened the delegates about space archaeology, as well as some Indiana Jones-worthy tales of close encounters with tomb robbers.

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The staph members and some guests hosted seminars today, covering a range of topics, including:  slacklining, typography, nature walk, Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance, chess, crocheting, swing dancing, running, and computer science.  Many delegates have also joined the National Youth Science Camp Choir, which had its second rehearsal today.

 

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Directed Studies Have Started

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The 2014 delegation had their first “typical” day at NYSC today.  They enjoyed their first of three days in directed studies offered by guest scientists and staph members.  This block’s directed study options for delegates include: Human Pathology with Chuck Clevenger … Continue reading

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Lecture Marks Start of 51st NYSC

Charleston Gazette – June 28, 2014

Young science students from all over the country and Latin America got a taste of what was to come during their four weeks in West Virginia during the annual Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture for the National Youth Science Camp on Saturday morning.

Felix “Jay” Lockman, principal scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, lectured about 100 delegates in the University of Charleston Ballroom about “How to Make a Milky Way (Galaxy).”

– See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140628/GZ01/140629293/1101

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Arrival at Camp Pocahontas!

After an excellent breakfast, lunch and lecture at the University of Charleston, the 2014 delegation endured a 4-hour long bus ride across West Virginia to Camp Pocahontas.  Staph members welcomed the 2014 delegation to Camp Pocahontas in traditional NYSC fashion:  their polo and khaki attire.

 

 

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After getting settled into their bunks, the delegates were introduced to many additional NYSC traditions.  One such tradition was witnessed at the end of dinner; the after dinner entertainment: Amanda Brasher pulled a classic science camp example of living in the moment and called fellow staph member Jordan Perry to the stage for an impromptu performance of “A Whole New World.”  The evening ended with a tour of Camp Pocahontas and being officially introduced to the staph members.

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