November 25, 2014 – National Youth Science Foundation today announced that John Giroir has been selected as the Foundation’s next Director of the National Youth Science Camp. Giroir, previously served as the President and CEO of the YMCA of Kanawha Valley.
The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), a four-week program held each summer, was first held in 1963 in celebration of West Virginia’s Centennial. Hosting two students from each state, NYSC is a unique mix of cutting edge science and activities in the great West Virginia outdoors. Planned originally to be a one-time event, NYSC has continued over the years; in 2013, NYSC celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Located near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV, NYSC is a unique place to learn about the beauty of the sciences and the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors.
The NYSC has had many recognizable names over the years involved in the program, including John F. Nash, Jr., Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (1994) and was featured in the movie, “A Beautiful Mind” (2001). Many more names are not so recognizable, but have had national and worldwide impact from their work in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The students who participate in this program are some of the best and brightest in the United States. Giroir was one of those students in 1989.
“John is a highly intelligent, talented, and experienced professional who will lead the National Youth Science Camp with a sense of history and a vision for the future. John was a Louisiana delegate to NYSC in 1989 and has served on NYSC staff and the NYSF before joining the YMCA of Kanawha Valley in 2000,” said NYSF Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Blackwood. “It is hard to describe the NYSC experience to people who haven’t been there. Can you imagine a place in the West Virginia hills that had Neil Armstrong describing how he would journey to the Moon, years before he did it?”
Giroir succeeds Desiree Henriksen, who served as the NYSC Director from 2012 to 2014. Giroir is the twelfth NYSC Director since it began in 1963.
“Having directed the National Youth Science Camp for ten years, I know what it takes to make a great program,” Blackwood said. “The NYSC is fortunate to have John accept this national leadership role. We are happy to have him join our team.”
“I am humbled at this unique opportunity to further the Mission of the National Youth Science Foundation,” said Giroir. “This is a homecoming for me and I am honored to serve in a role that I’ve held in such high esteem, having been a delegate from Louisiana in 1989 and working on NYSC staff many Summers. The NYSC is the reason I moved here over 20 years ago and why I have such a deep love for West Virginia.”
Announcement: The National Youth Science Foundation seeks candidates for the position of Director, National Youth Science Camp. A full position description is provided below. This position is full-time, year-round and based at the NYSF offices at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston, West Virginia; additional 24/7 activities at the site of the National Youth Science Camp while the program is in session.
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CHARLESTON, WV – Dr. Paul Miller, physics professor at West Virginia University, was the featured speaker at the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture of the 2013 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Dr. Miller presented his lecture (embeded below) at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences – West Virginia in Charleston.
The NYSC is a summer science honors program for two high-achieving high school students from each state in the nation and others from around the world. This experience is held in a rustic setting at Camp Pocahontas in West Virginia’s eastern mountains. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the camp, which has honored and challenged approximately 5,000 participants since its inception in 1963. This year’s delegates will spend the next month studying with prestigious scientists in a variety of fields from throughout the world. Before the delegates leave Charleston and head to camp, they will also have the opportunity to tour the laboratories of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research, & Innovation Center (MATRIC) as well as tour the science labs in Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.
“We have 122 delegates, 26 international from 9 different countries. We have almost every single state represented. The neat part of the opening lecture is it’s the first real introduction to both camp and to West Virginia,” said Desiree Henriksen, director of the NYSC.
Miller’s lecture addressed the impact of science and technology on everyday life. Specifically, he focused on how technology, medicine, and gadgets are often used freely without much thought to the scientific fundamentals that govern how these gadgets work. His lecture also served as a welcome to the delegates of the 2013 National Youth Science Camp and an invitation to explore everything science has to offer.
Miller was Camp Director of the NYSC from 1997 – 2001 so “he’ll be a great introduction to all of the unique experiences,” Henriksen says. “He’ll get the [delegates] to get the most out of the experience because he truly knows what camp is all about.”
Miller teaches introductory physics for engineers and elementary education majors and organizes the WVU Learning Assistants programs. He is interested in education and outreach efforts through the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics. In addition to obtaining his doctoral degree in physics at West Virginia University, he has also had extensive experience teaching physics to high school students throughout the country.
CHARLESTON, WV – The 2013 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. The students, two from each state in the United States and international delegates from nine countries, will study with preeminent scientists from around the world, who will discuss current topics in science and other disciplines and have ample opportunity for informal interaction with students attending the NYSC.
The program is held at Camp Pocahontas in Pocahontas County. In addition to STEM lectures and directed studies, delegates will participant in back-packing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking, and other outdoor adventures.
This is the NYSC’s 50th anniversary; it has challenged and honored over 5,000 participants since its inception. The program was started in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s Centennial. It was operated by the State of West Virginia without private funding until 1983. At that time, the National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF) was formed to plan, raise financial support for, and oversee the operation of the NYSC. The NYSC has been cited by alumni who are now leaders in science and tech as having made a major impact on their careers.
The first official event of the 2013 NYSC will be the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture at 7:30 tonight in The Walker Theater at The Clay Center. Featured speaker, Dr. Paul Miller, former delegate and director of NYSC and current physics professor at WVU, will address the impact of science and technology on everyday life. Specifically, he will focus on how technology, medicine, and gadgets are often used freely without much thought to the scientific fundamentals that govern how these gadgets work. His lecture will also serve as a welcome to the delegates of the 2013 National Youth Science Camp and an invitation to explore everything science has to offer.
Before the delegates leave Charleston and head to camp, they will also have the opportunity to tour the laboratories of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research, & Innovation Center (MATRIC) as well as tour the science labs in Kanawha Valley Community Technical College.
CHARLESTON, WV — On the occasion of the National Youth Science Camp 50th Anniversary, states, DC, and countries are offering congratulations. Created as a program on West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration in 1963, the NYSC is one of only a few programs that is still in operation today.
BRAZIL – During their pre-departure orientation at the United States Embassy in Brazil, the two delegates to the 2013 National Youth Science Camp met with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden. The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students representing each state, Washington, DC, and countries around the world are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. All participants attend free of charge.
Brazilian delegates Ana Ribeiro da Costa (left) and Manoela Reis (right) meet with Dr. Jill Biden (center)
Vice President Joe Biden meets with the Brazilian delegates to the 2013 National Youth Science Camp and a group of Brazilian Youth Ambassadors.
CHARLESTON, WV — The Mayor of Washington, DC, the Honorable Vincent C. Gray, has declared June 26, 2013, as National Youth Science Camp Day. Mayor Gray recognizes the State of West Virginia and the National Youth Science Foundation on the 50th Anniversary of the National Youth Science Camp.
“Now, more than ever, our world depends on science. Yet in schools, we tend to do a poor job teaching science in a way that truly conveys its basic nature and fundamental importance. While people are happy to use gadgets and medicines that would not exist without science, few understand how completely science has changed our world,” Miller said. “I will talk about how science has changed, what we know about how people learn science, and encourage delegates, as opportunity arises, to share what they know with others.”
Dr. Miller teaches physics at West Virginia University. His interests include physics education, informal science education, and plasma physics. He specializes in the teaching of introductory physics for engineers and for elementary education majors, and he is the director of the WVU Learning Assistants program. He is a former director of the National Youth Science Camp and is currently involved with the education and outreach effort of the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics. Dr. Miller received his BS in physics at the University of Wyoming, where he also completed a BA in secondary science education. He received his MS in physics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Miller taught in high schools in Oregon, Maryland, and West Virginia before returning to physics to complete his PhD at WVU.
CHARLESTON, WV — New Hampshire Governor Margaret Wood Hassan has declared July 2013 as Youth Science Camp Month and has congratulated the State of West Virginia and the National Youth Science Foundation on the 50th Anniversary of the National Youth Science Camp.