2018 NYSCamp Media
2018 NYSCamp Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Information Coordinator, National Youth Science Camp
For the 55th year, two high-achieving recent high school graduates from each state and other young people from around the world will attend National Youth Science Camp, hosted each summer at Camp Pocahontas in Thornwood, West Virginia.
In Pocohontas County, in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest, delegates will spend four weeks learning from accomplished STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals and experiencing intellectually-stimulating scientific activities outside the traditional classroom. Meanwhile, they will develop appreciation for the landscapes and people of West Virginia, build interpersonal skills and step outside of their comfort zones by participating in outdoor activities like backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, and caving.
“I think NYSCamp is important because it helps you open your mind, overcome fears, and improves your teamwork,” said Javier Silva, a 2017 delegate from Chile. “Most importantly, it exposes you to diversity, both in culture and in knowledge. After this experience, you are a more open and complete person.”
National Youth Science Camp began in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration. In 1964, Astronaut Neil Armstrong, a presenter at camp, told delegates about plans to put a man on the Moon. Five years later, just before realizing that dream, he and other astronauts about to embark on that mission sent a telegram to delegates: “We wish we had your futures.”
Over 5,500 delegates have participated and many have gone on to rewarding, challenging careers in STEM fields, solving problems and contributing to technological advancement, economic growth, and scientific progress and understanding. Participants of years past have said the bonds they formed became lifelong friendships. They also become ambassadors for West Virginia and members of a robust professional network of former delegates. Many volunteer their time as well. Dr. Julie Robinson, formerly chief scientist for the International Space Station, has been both a delegate and a presenter.
The National Youth Science Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to honor, sustain and encourage youth interest in science education and thoughtful scientific careers, plans, conducts and fundraises for the National Youth Science Camp. These future STEM leaders are selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel.
“Participants come to camp as recent high school graduates, with already long lists of accomplishments, demonstrable aptitude for in-demand careers, curiosity and enthusiasm,” said Dr. Andy Blackwood, Ed.D., executive director of the National Youth Science Foundation. “They leave with confidence they can face the unknown, renewed excitement for the study of the natural world, and deeper understanding of their own vast potential.”
Delegates will fly in to Yeager Airport in Charleston on June 27, 2018. The public is welcome at the free, kick-off event, the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture held at the University of Charleston’s Geary Auditorium, June 28, 2018 at 12 pm. The new director of West Virginia operations for Dow Chemical, Tim O’Neal, will give the kick-off lecture. The delegates will travel to Camp Pocahontas following the event.
On July 18, 2018, delegates will travel from Pocahontas County to the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., for a luncheon in their honor hosted by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D- WV.
Delegates will travel back to Charleston on July 20, 2018, attend a farewell banquet at the Valley of Charleston Scottish Rite on July 20, 2018, and fly out on July 21, 2018.
To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit www.nysf.com.
Media is welcome at both kick-off events. Opportunities to cover parts of camp are also available. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Articles about 2018 National Youth Science Camp Delegates:
- November 3, 2017 (Arizona) – High School Seniors sought for prestigious National Youth Science Camp
- December 28, 2017 (Iowa) – Iowa Governor announced National Science Camp Scholarships
- January 3, 2018 (Iowa) – Scholarships available for Summer Science Camp
- March 19, 2018 (Montana) – 2018 Montana Science Fair begins in Missoula
- April 2018 (Trinidad & Tobago) – National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) 2018 delegates off to U.S
- April 5, 2018 (Erica Wu, New Jersey)- Thoreau Would Be Proud: Homdel High School Senior Tapped For National Youth Science Camp
- April 13, 2018 (Arizona) – Governor Doug Ducey Announces Arizona’s National Youth Science Camp Delegates
- April 20, 2018 (Angela Casarez, Texas) – Senior at tiny Milsap nabs spot at prestigious Science Camp
- May 2018 (South Carolina) – South Carolina Students Selected for Prestigious National Youth Science Camp
- May 6, 2018 (Tali Kottler, Utah) – PCHS Senior Selected for National Youth Science Camp
- May 16, 2017 (North Dakota) – Burgum Congratulates students selected for National Youth Science Camp
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Articles about 2018 National Youth Science Camp:
- June 20, 2018 – 2018 NYSCamp Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture
- June 26, 2018 – Media Alert: 55th NYSCamp delegates fly into Yeager
- June 27, 2018 – National Youth Science Camp delegates arrive in Charleston
- June 27, 2018 – Recent high school graduates arrive for National Youth Science Camp
- June 27, 2018 – Delegates arrive for National Youth Science Camp
- June 27, 2018 – WV science camp with worldwide reach begins on Wednesday
- June 29, 2018 – National Youth Science Camp Kicks Off in West Virginia
- July 5, 2018 – Marshall president to address National Youth Science Camp
- July 6, 2018 – Marshall University president to give lecture Friday at National Youth Science Camp
- July 8, 2018 – MU president speaks at National Youth Science Camp