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2018 NYSCamp Visits the Nation’s Capital

The 2018 National Youth Science Camp delegates have returned from their three-day adventure in Washington, DC. The trip started with a walking tour of the National Mall Monuments, which included the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, MLK Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial. “I was completely overcome with awe when I…

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2018 NYSCamp Delegates Showcase their Talents

One of the wonderful things about the National Youth Science Camp is that delegates express different backgrounds and personal experiences. Throughout camp, delegates have an opportunity to demonstrate their talents through after dinner entertainment, art projects, chorus practice, and band groups. However, the delegates finally had an opportunity to lead both mini lectures to showcase…

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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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Directed Studies: Round Two

The second day of directed studies entailed the delegates participating in a wide array of activities, ranging from dissecting hearts, to folding computer generated proteins. During a brief glimpse of sunlight, a group of delegates traced pig hearts, locating the coronary arteries with diagrams and pins. On the opposite side of camp, another group learned about the benefits…

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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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