Centennial Youth Science Camp Continues for 50 Years
CHARLESTON, WV — Established as part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration in 1963, the National Youth Science Camp continues to be held in West Virginia as a service to the nation. As one of the few programs that originated with the Centennial Celebration that is still in operation, more than five thousand ambitious, young, innovative students have spent their summer between high school and college in the mountains of West Virginia.
Notable alumni include:
- Wesley Bush – West Virginia 1979
CEO and President of Northrop Grumman
- Marissa Mayer – Wisconsin 1993
President and CEO of Yahoo and former V.P. at Google
- David Thompson – South Carolina 1972
Founder and CEO of Orbital Sciences Corporation
- Dr. Rudy Tanzi – Rhode Island 1976
World leading Alzheimer’s researcher
- Dr. Harlan Krumholz – Ohio 1976
Leading heart specialist at Yale
- Dr. Robert Mercer – New Mexico 1964
Inventor, IBM voice recognition technology
- Dr. David Hackleman – Oregon 1969
Inventor, HP ink jet technology
While the alumni above are particularly remarkable in their achievement, it is very important to also recognize that:
- More than 99% of NYSC alumni receive a bachelor’s degree
- More than 50% of NYSC alumni receive a doctorate
- More than 85% of NYSC alumni are working in a STEM field
- Nearly 60% of NYSC alumni report that the NYSC had an influence on their career choice
- Many return to West Virginia and volunteer their time as expert presenters at the NYSC, the West Virginia Youth Science Camp, the Youth Science Discovery Experience, and the West Virginia Governor’s School for Mathematics and Science.
The National Youth Science Camp Alumni Association will celebrate the NYSC 50th Anniversary during an all-years reunion at Snowshoe, West Virginia, July 3 – 7, 2013. For more information about the NYSC’s Amazing Alumni, click here.
These alumni are supportive of the NYSF’s STEM programs and understand the importance that the establishment of the National Center for Youth Science Education in West Virginia. The NYSF is working to further leverage the alumni as a resource for the benefit of science and mathematics education in West Virginia. Beginning in 1994, the NYSF has operated programs based on the NYSC to the benefit of students from across West Virginia.
West Virginia programs based on the National Youth Science Camp:
- Mountaineer Youth Science Camp (1994 – 95)
- West Virginia Governor’s School for Mathematics and Science (2005 – present)
- West Virginia Youth Science Camp (2011 – present)
- Youth Science Discovery Experience
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