The Youth Science Discovery Experience (YSDE) seeks 40 high school students and nine teachers and experiential educators for the spring 2013 session.  Participants will work side-by-side with professional scientists to pursue original research projects at Canaan Valley Institute near Davis, WV. The National Youth Science Foundation has offered the YSDE since 2010.

YSDE also offers outdoor recreation, informal seminars, and talks from visiting scientists in a variety of fields.  Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Canaan Valley Institute, and a full commitment for on-site attendance is required for March 20-24 and April 24-28.  The program is free to students, and teachers working as staff will receive a stipend.   Visit http://www.ysde.org or contact YSDE director Josh Stevens at josh.stevens@nysf.com or (304) 550-3421 for details and application information.

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NYSF is teaming up again with Canaan Valley Institute to run a spring 2013 cohort of the Youth Science Discovery Experience.  We’re seeking 40 high school students interested in pursuing original research projects with guidance from professional scientists.  As with all other Foundation programs to date, students participate free of charge.

In addition to students, we have 9 staff positions for math and science teachers, pre-service teachers, and others with a background in science and experiential education.

Click here to apply: http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/ysde/spring-2013-ysde-applications/

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Results of the fall 2012 YSDE research projects are now online at http://2012.ysde.org/research-posters/.  See what students from around West Virginia have been discovering throughout the semester at Canaan Valley Institute (CVI).  Each team worked from October through December on an original research project with guidance from a scientist from CVI or West Virginia University.  The program ended with a public colloquium, and each team also summarized its project in poster form.  Electronic versions of the posters are now on the YSDE website a the link above.

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Students and teachers from around West Virginia reconvened at Canaan Valley Institute for the third and final session of the fall 2012 Youth Science Discovery Experience today.  Research teams regrouped and focused their strategies for the home stretch.  They will present their research results at 10:00 am on Sunday, December 16th at a colloquium in the Yellow Creek Room at CVI.  Friends, family, and community members are invited to attend the presentations on hydrology, exercise physiology, plant germination, energy management, and forest succession.

Below, scientist Sarah Deacon checks in with her team in their impromptu work space outside the exercise room as they analyze CO2 output data.

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DAVIS, WV – The fall season of the 2012 Youth Science Discovery Experience (YSDE)  began today at the Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) in Davis, WV.  Students, teachers, and scientists from across West Virginia will begin work today their research projects today, launching a 3 month-long course of investigative research.  During these months, participants will reconvene at CVI for three research sessions, spanning a weekend each. At the conclusion of these sessions, the research teams will present their research subjects in a colloquium for their parents, peers, and representatives from the National Youth Science Foundation.

New to this program is the inclusion of online research journals, prepared by the research teams.  Visit the 2012 YSDE program site to see their progress.  Additionally, this website will include photos, and updates from program session weekends.  Please join the National Youth Science Foundation in wishing these students congratulations in their selection, and good luck in their research endeavors.

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Davis WV - Students belonging to the second cohort of the Youth Science Discovery Experience presented their research yesterday, successfully concluding the spring semester of YSDE 2012.  Five student groups presented, delivering diverse talks on wind power engineering, raptor migration, greenhouse evapotranspiration, microbiology, and compostable products. The students presented their work to a crowd including both friends and family, as well as scientists working in the Canaan Valley area and representatives from the National Youth Science Foundation.

This research colloquium marks the culmination of a semester’s work researching these topics.  By participating in the YSDE program, students had the opportunity to join their peers and instructors at three research weekends conducted at the Canaan Valley Institute.  While there they met with the resident scientists of CVI who guided their projects, and acted as mentors for further research.

Spring semester YSDE 2012 also included several activities for non-academic pursuits.  The students embarked on an overnight camping trip earlier in the weekend, and during the course of the semester had the opportunity to choose from over 30 shorter seminars including mountain biking, hiking and trips to local landmarks.

If you would like to know more about YSDE, please visit the YSDE program page. To see more photos, as well as updates from the program, visit the 2012 YSDE website.

Geometry - YSDE 2012

Students at the 2012 Youth Science Discovery Experience test their logic and reasoning skills during a whole group activity.  Students at YSDE work on small group research projects, which are supplemented by a variety of other engaging activities and lectures. At the end of the YSDE program, students present their research findings to their teachers, mentors and colleagues in a research colloquium.

The final weekend of the first cohort of YSDE 2012 is currently in session.  To see updates and photos from YSDE 2012, please visit the program site. Students will be presenting their research shortly, and we’ll be adding photos frequently, so check back often to see their findings.

From the Archives is a reoccurring post that dives back into the archives of National Youth Science Foundation programs.

Davis, WV - The fourth research weekend of Youth Science Discovery Experience 2012 begins tomorrow. Excelling high school students from West Virginia and surrounding states will convene at Canaan Valley Institute to collaborate with scientists and their colleagues.  They will continue their research after they depart CVI, and will present their findings in a research colloquium in April.

The research projects being explored during this section of YSDE include: optimization of decomposition processes, wind power generation, microbiology, hydrology, and flight mechanics. To learn more about these projects, and to receive updates from the program, please visit 2012.ysde.org.

Bird Watching - YSDE 2012

Students at Youth Science Discovery Experience 2012 observe bird flight patterns to develop a hypothesis about their migratory habits.  YSDE 2012 is currently being operated by the National Youth Science Foundation.  If you would like to learn more about YSDE 2012, or would like to see more photos from the student’s research projects, please visit the YSDE 2012 program page.

From the Archives is a reoccurring post which dives back (usually further) into the archives of National Youth Science Foundation programs.

Lotus Effect Demonstration at Canaan Valley Institute

Davis, WV - Weekend three of the 2012 Youth Science Discovery Experience begins at Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) tomorrow.  High School students from West Virginia will be assembling at CVI to continue their research projects, and to collaborate with the scientists based there.  They will continue work on their projects until Sunday afternoon, and will return to CVI for another research weekend in April for a presentation of their findings.

The research projects being explored during this section of YSDE include: optimization of decomposition processes, wind power generation, microbiology, hydrology, and raptor migration. To learn more about these projects, and to receive updates from the program, please visit 2012.ysde.org.

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