Youth Science Discovery Experience



Youth Science Discovery Field Trips (YSDE-FT) were conducted by the National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF) in February – April, 2017 at the National Youth Science Center (NYSCenter) and The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. These programs have been designed for 7th and 8th grade students. Groups of students and teachers participated from across West Virginia.

Students build and operate a VEX Robotic Arm

Below are links to news articles associated with this NYSF program:

Charleston Gazette Mail – Kids get hands-on STEM experience at Clay Center

The Parsons Advocate – National Youth Science Foundation offers field trip to introduce eighth grade students to STEM education

The Intermountain – Local Students Take Part in STEM Trip

Students learning about energy and STEM careers at Mount Storm Power Station, operated by Dominion Energy

Additional YSDE Field Trips are planned for October and November 2017.

Experiments the students choose, following the  Scientific Method, then they present their results.

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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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