WVYSC Frequently Asked Questions
What is the West Virginia Youth Science Camp?
The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is a residential summer education program for rising high school sophomores. WVYSC is modeled after the long-standing National Youth Science Camp. Students from across West Virginia are challenged academically in engaging lectures and hands-on studies, have opportunities for outdoor adventures, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.
How much does it cost to attend?
Nothing. WVYSC is all-expenses-paid, including academic and recreational programming, lodging and meals. Delegates are responsible only for personal incidental expenses and travel to and from the camp in Green Bank.
Who Should Apply to the West Virginia Youth Science Camp?
High school students may apply during the spring of their freshman year to attend WVYSC in the upcoming summer. Applicants should demonstrate the following:
- Superior academic proficiency, including recognition in math and science
- Leadership abilities, social maturity, and involvement in school and community activities
- Skills and achievements outside the realm of science and academic pursuits
- Curiosity and eagerness to explore
How do I apply?
Each county is invited to solicit applications from its science-oriented students. The goal is to have every county represented by at least one delegate, but any remaining openings will be filled by qualified applicants from other counties. Delegates must be available to participate in the entire WVYSC program.
What are the goals of the West Virginia Youth Science Camp?
WVYSC seeks to honor and encourage high achieving science-oriented students while introducing them to scientific topics beyond the scope of the conventional classroom. Additionally WVYSC seeks to prepare these students for college, career and life-long education, and to develop the creativity and self-confidence to succeed in scientific careers.
How does the West Virginia Youth Science Camp accomplish its goals?
The West Virginia Youth Science Camp offers hands-on small-group learning experiences, a provocative lecture series, and an outdoor adventure program. The hands-on experiences and lectures expose delegates to current work across the spectrum of scientific disciplines. Visiting scientists are invited based on their reputation as leaders in their fields and on their ability to share up-to-date research with the delegates. The atmosphere at WVYSC is engaging and supportive. Guests, staff, and delegates have time to relax and discuss ideas over meals or while on the hiking trail.
What happens on a typical day at the West Virginia Youth Science Camp?
A typical day begins with a morning lecture from a guest scientist. After this, some groups of students leave to go on outdoor trips while the rest break up into small groups for their hands-on, small group science seminars facilitated by guest scientists or WVYSC staff members. The afternoon is reserved for activities such as seminars, athletic and recreational activities, art, and music. While seminar topics can be scientific, they often depart from science and encompass the personal interests of delegates, staff, and guests. All activities challenge delegates to approach problems with creativity or to try something new. Activities range from fishing to philosophy, ballroom dancing to biological technologies. The atmosphere is purposefully informal. An evening science lecture follows dinner.
What is the West Virginia Youth Science Camp outdoor adventure program like?
To reinforce and encourage a well-rounded lifestyle, the WVYSC’s scientific offerings are balanced with an outdoor adventure program. The rich outdoor setting of the NRAO campus and surrounding natural forest provides opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fossil hunting, and scientific field work.