2018 NYSCamp

Overnighter 3: Mountain Momma

The delegates of the 2018 National Youth Science Camp returned from their final overnighter of the summer. The delegates had the opportunity to participate in an outdoor adventure such as hiking on scenic West Virginia trails, caving, biking and caving to gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors. Staph* members help lead…

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2018 NYSCamp: Half Way Point

Wednesday morning, the two delegates from Louisiana, Josh Wang and Olivia Gotte, raised their state flag at the end of the morning announcements on the green. The 2018 National Youth Science Camp delegates learned about soap making, amateur radio, and model UN during yesterday’s seminar lectures.  Staph* member Alayna Meade taught a group of delegates…

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Overnighter 2: Almost Heaven

As the second overnighter of the 2018 National Youth Science Camp approached, the anxious feelings associated with the first overnighter had decreased and excitement about the next overnighter lottery filled the camp. Delegates once again had the opportunity to climb, hike, cave, and bike. However, bout 40 delegates had the option of kayaking where they…

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Rocks and ladders: NYSCamp delegates scaling new heights

BARTOW – Steve Blasberg used a projector on top of a picnic table. He carried three pens in his pocket. One was red. He is a teacher. A white-bearded and bespectacled mathematician, Blasberg described how to use math to predict a person’s chances of dominant or recessive genetic traits, like hair or eye color. He…

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2018 NYSCamp reflects on 4th of July

Independence Day holds different meanings to various people, and delegates had a chance to share their traditions with each other at NYSCamp. The morning started with delegates collecting their state flags and presenting them before the American flag was raised with the playing of the National Anthem. The delegates ended the evening by reflecting on…

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Overnighter 1: Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

The morning started like most others, but delegates were both anxious and excited about the day ahead. The previous night, the delegates chose where to go for their first overnight camping trip, referred to as an overnighter, and received backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, and informational talks about basic skills needed for their trip. Today the…

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2018 Delegate: “This class showed me there are possibilities”

Steve Blasberg used a projector on top of a picnic table. Next to him, musical instruments sat in their cases. Delegates leaned in to listen as Blasberg, a National Youth Science Camp alumnus who has been a math instructor at West Valley College in Saratoga, California since 1975, talked about how to use math to…

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The First Day of NYSCamp: Opening the Minds of 2018 Delegates

The first full day of National Youth Science Camp 2018, and Olivia Gotte is already expanding the way she thinks about her plans.    Gotte, a delegate from Louisiana, enjoyed debate in high school, although she came to Camp Pocahontas with intentions to pursue biology and become a radiologist. “I never thought being able to…

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Kick-off speaker: STEM “needs to be the sport your child plays”

At the kick-off lecture for National Youth Science Camp Thursday, Tim O’Neal, the new director of West Virginia operations for Dow Chemical, encouraged more than 100 delegates to collaborate on ideas and support one another at camp this year. He also asked parents to support the delegates in their pursuit of careers in science, technology,…

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2018 NYSCamp Delegate Fly In at Yeager Airport

The baggage claim of a tiny airport in Charleston, West Virginia turned into a welcome area for more than 100 young people from every state and around the world on Wednesday. Picture towering stacks of pizza boxes, about 20 greeters dressed to impress, and big signs waiting for them: “Welcome 2018 Delegates National Youth Science Camp.” Recent…

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