CHARLESTON, W.V. – Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School represented New Mexico receently as a delegate to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC).
Keilers joined 100 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eight other countries at the prestigious three and a half week program.
The NYSC, in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.
Each year, delegates are able to attend lectures and directed studies led by top scientists and professors from all over the country. This year’s lecture topics included:
- statistics and science policy;
- finding a cure for cancer; and
- fractal mathematics.
Throughout camp, the directed study program allowed delegates to have extensive hands-on experience in specific fields that interest the delegates individually. Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a human brain, discuss cybersecurity, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.
In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The overnight backpacking trips provided delegates an opportunity to bond and appreciate the simplicity of nature. Delegates also chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.
“NYSC is important because it provides a supportive environment for learning and trying new things,” Keilers said. In this environment many people can grow. My goal is to be more outgoing with people … at NYSC I have done just that and more.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, visit www.nysf.com.