Letter from Lauren Ficek, MT 2014

Lauren Ficek, MT 2014

Dear Trustees,

I had the privilege of representing Montana at the National Youth Science Camp this summer. I would like to express my enormous gratitude for your continuation of this summer camp. During the three and a half weeks I was at NYSC, I had the opportunity to listen some phenomenal lecturers provide new insight into familiar topics or supply ideas that I had never entertained before, ranging from thermonuclear fusion to developing a hospital in the Solomon Islands. Through directed studies, I learned the physics of a flying disc, the basics of the computer Arduino, and even created an electricity-generating photo cell! I was also able to participate in a variety of informal seminars, through which I learned about other scientific ideas, languages, and cultures, all of which were incredibly eye-opening and interesting to explore.

In addition, I greatly enjoy spending time outdoors, so the outdoor program of this camp was of great importance to me. I not only got to share my past outdoor experiences with others, I could try new activities such as caving and rock climbing with people from all around the Western Hemisphere. I look forward to the chance of visiting the beautiful rolling hills of West Virginia again and exploring all the places I did not experience while at NYSC!

Through the National Youth Science Camp, I have realized how much there is to learn from the world and other people and how much we as a human species have yet to discover. I look forward to what I can contribute to science in the future, and I thank you and the National Youth Science Foundation for this opportunity that has allowed me to explore science in ways I could not without science camp. I hope one day to return as staph and influence delegates for science, once again taking part in the magic that is the National Youth Science Camp!

Sincerely,

Lauren Ficek, MT 2014