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Lectures on Ebola, Statistics, and Technology!

Today the delegates enjoyed lectures by Dr. Jim Tucker, a Senior Biospheric Scientist for NASA, Dr Aaron Morris of Autodesk, and Dr. Alyson Wilson of North Carolina State. Dr. Tucker’s lecture, entitled “Ebola Virus Outbreak: Where, When, and Why?” informed delegates of the intricate complexities of the Ebola virus. Dr. Aaron  Morris dove into the practical uses of his state of the art 3-d modeling technology. Dr. Alyson Wilson’s lecture, “Statistics and Big Science”covered her experience with air defense artillery systems.


The staph members hosted seminars today, covering a range of topics, including: Italian, Ultimate Frisbee, Dance Dance Revolution, and Business 101. Many delegates have also joined the National Youth Science Camp Choir, which had its first rehearsal today.

Ian Lawson from New Jersey playing frisbee.



Delegates Start Directed Studies! Get pumped!

The 2015 delegation had their first “typical” day at NYSC today, though no days are really “typical”. They embarked on their first of three days in directed studies offered by guest scientists.  This block’s directed study options for delegates include:

Ss and Science Policy with Dr. Alyson Wilson
The Science of Reality Computing: Turning Things into Data, Data into Things, and What Happens in Between with Dr. Aaron Morris
Photovoltaic Power System Design (plus some other fun solar energy stuff) with Mr. Jeff Gilbert
Structural Biology in Post-Genomic Era with Dr. Pam Twigg
Cybersecurity with Ms. Diane Miller and Mr. Terry Levoy
Holography with Dr. Ralph Oberly
The Heart is a Pickled Thing with Dr. Kyle Duff
The Human Brain: Sampling Structure and Function! with Dr. Jim Culbertson
The Great Outdoors: Hiking, Biking, and Climbing with NYSC Outdoor Staph
Mr. Jeff Gilbert's guides students through his directed study on Photovoltaic Power System Design.
Mr. Jeff Gilbert’s guides students through his directed study on Photovoltaic Power System Design.
Naathan Mohan working in the Cybersecurity directed study
Naathan Mohan working in the Cybersecurity directed study.

In the afternoon, staph members offered seminars in a variety of areas, including acapella, table-top Role Play Games, and Origami. The evening lecture “Paradise Under the Knife,” by Mr. Allan Daly, discussed his work as the Medical Mission Coordinator for the Marovo Medical Foundation, in the Solomon Islands.

Students during the Science of Reality Computing directed study
Students during the Science of Reality Computing directed studyRohith Venkataraman participates in a Structural Biology directed study

Rohith Venkataraman participates in a Structural Biology directed study

NYSC Fly-In!

CHARLESTON, WV–The 2015 session of the National Youth Science Camp starts today as delegates arrive at Charleston’s Yeager Airport and begin their nearly month-long experience with science enrichment. As delegates arrive, they will be transported to Coonskin Park to kick off their participation in the program.

A view of Yeager Airport landing strip with the surrounding mountains and cloudy sky.

Afterwards, they will travel to the nearby University of Charleston to spend the night in the dorms. They will hopefully start to adjust to the 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. sleep schedule that is structured at the camp. The next day, Charles Patton, the president of Appalachian Power, will deliver the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture at the University of Charleston Ballroom (3rd Floor–Geary Student Union). The lecture will give a broad introduction to the energy industry and policies that it regulates and impacts. The event is free and open to anybody interested in coming.

University of Charleston
University of Charleston

Congratulations Katie Edwards!

Katie Edwards
Katie Edwards, Massachusetts

Katie Edwards will represent Massachusetts this summer coming to us from Sterling. Katie currently attends Bancroft School but will be attending Bucknell University of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in the fall. Katie is active in tennis at her school and enjoys traveling, reading, movies, writing and GIMP. This summer, Katie hopes to be able to learn juggling!

Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Katie Edwards!

Congratulations Ashi Agrawal!

Ashi Agrawal
Ashi Agrawal, Maryland

Ashi Agrawal comes to us from Ellicott City as a representative of Maryland. Currently attending Centennial High School, Ashi plans to major in Computer Science and Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. At her school, Ashi is active in drama and golf and she is also involved in scouts. Ashi enjoys cards, water activities (such as kayaking and white water rafting) and hiking and biking. While at camp this summer, Ashi would like to teach meditation and learn salsa dancing!

Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Ashi Agrawal!

Congratulations Stephanie Hou!

Stephanie Hou
Stephanie Hou, Oklahoma

Stephanie Hou also represents Oklahoma this summer and comes to us from Edmond. Stephanie is a student of Edmond Santa Fe High School and plans to study Computer Science at the University of Rochester in the fall. Stephanie plays the violin in her school orchestra and is also heavily involved in church activities. Additionally, Stephanie enjoys biking, reading and traveling.

Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Stephanie Hou!

Congratulations Evan Shrestha!

Evan Shrestha
Evan Shrestha, Oklahoma

Evan Shrestha joins us this summer from Tulsa as a representative of Oklahoma! Currently as student of Holland High School, Evan plans to study Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma to pursue medicine. Evan is active in both his school orchestra and tennis team, but also enjoys cards, chess, music, movies and video games. Evan plays the piano, violin and guitar so hopefully, we can convince him to join in an ensemble!

Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Evan Shrestha!

Congratulations Natalie Duncan!

Natalie Duncan
Natalie Duncan, New Hampshire

Natalie Duncan represents New Hampshire this summer and will be joining us from Concord where she attends the Derryfield School. Natalie plans to study Environmental Science at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Natalie is active in tennis, field hockey and the Spanish and environmental clubs. Natalie also enjoys hiking, cards, sports frisbee and painting! While at camp this summer, Natalie hopes to learn the art of Hacky Sack!

Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Natalie Duncan!

Congratulations Nico Sepúlveda Estrada!

Nico SepúlvedaEstrada
Nico SepúlvedaEstrada, Chile

Nicolás “Nico” Sepúlveda Estrada will be representing Chile this summer coming to us from Concepción where he attends Thomas Jefferson School. Nico hopes to pursue a career in Air and Space Engineering. An active student, Nico is involved in orchestra, baseball, swimming, drama and speech and debate (just to name a few). Nico is also interested in running, chess, drawing and many outdoor activities. Nico would like to teach building puzzles this summer if anyone is interested!

Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Nico Sepúlveda Estrada!

Congratulations Leah Wuebbens!

Leah Wuebbens
Leah Wuebbens, North Carolina

Leah Wuebbens, a representative of North Carolina will be traveling to the NYSC from Durham where she attends Riverside High School. Leah plans to study Applied Mathematics at Tufts University this fall. In addition to her many honors, Leah is active in field hockey, soccer, scouts and FIRST robotics. Leah also enjoys crocheting, knitting, gardening and traveling.

Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Leah Wuebbens!