Youth Science Discovery Experience

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The Youth Science Discovery Experience is a science enrichment program developed for young scientists currently enrolled in high school.  YSDE teams conduct their own research with guidance from scientists enthusiastic about sharing their expertise with students.  YSDE provides a fun and encouraging environment to explore new ideas and activities while getting a taste of the scientific process and developing problem-solving skills that apply to all areas of study and life.

YSDE participants work on site at the Canaan Valley Institute over two visits during the semester and continue their research at home between the residential sessions. At the conclusion of the YSDE, the teams present their findings to their peers. Their material will also be published on the YSDE web site.

Each research team consists of six to eight students, one teacher, and one professional scientist. Together the team investigates an area of current scientific concern using a program model that integrates in-residence experiences with continuing education activities conducted in the students’ and teacher’s school setting.

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