Directed Studies and Seminars Begin!

Today after breakfast, the 2016 delegates selected their first Directed Studies through a lottery system. Directed Studies (DS) are hands-on, interactive small group experiences. Lasting 60 to 75 minutes on each of three consecutive days, directed studies are frequently investigative in nature and provide opportunities for full student involvement. During the study, a presenter provides a model and a close guiding hand. The participants are able to pose questions, develop conceptual understanding through exploration, and draw conclusions.

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Delegates Danielle Damon (NV) and Samantha Harper (NH) with Dr. David Hackleman extracting essential oils from plants.

Directed Study Block I:

Solvent Free Microwave Extraction of Essential Oils with Plants with Dr. David Hackleman Nat Sci
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones with Dr. Rick Walker Rec Hall
Photovoltaic Power System Design (plus some other fun solar activities) with Mr. Jeff Gilbert Circus Tent
Holography with Dr. Ralph Oberly Men’s Bathhouse
Computational Protein Design: Making old proteins learn new tricks with Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt Comp Sci
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Aether: Radio Frequency Engineering with Dr. Mike Elsbury Phys Sci
Cancer: A Genetic Disease with Dr. Ximena Bonilla PAC
Screenprinting with Mr. Jordan Perry Art Shack
The Great Outdoors with NYSC Outdoor Staph The Great Outdoors

After DS’s and lunch, the delegates headed to afternoon seminars. Seminars are informal presentations or group discussions that provide an opportunity for interaction and sharing among the participants. Unlike a directed study, a seminar concludes at the end of a single meeting. The presenter may choose from a wide range of topics which may include technical subjects, hobbies, philosophies, and personal experiences. Generally guests are invited to present directed studies or lectures and volunteer to present seminars spontaneously. From Typography with Chalice to  Ultimate 101 with Jordan, delegates had the opportunity today to explore and investigate a wide range of program areas.

Staph Miranda Ella leading a seminar on American Sign Language (ASL)
Staph Miranda Ella leading a seminar on American Sign Language (ASL)

The day concluded with our first lecture at Camp Pocahontas: Paradise Under the Knife by Mr. Allan Daly.  Coupling science, technology, and the willingness to look outside his own sphere of existence, Mr. Daly shared his experiences in the Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands, encouraging  delegates to follow the roads that will help change this world for the better.

Paradise Under the Knife
Paradise Under the Knife with Mr. Allan Daly

From Charleston to Camp Pocahontas!

After staying the night in Middle Hall, the 2016 delegates headed over to the University of Charleston Ballroom for breakfast. Next, Judge Ronald Pearson, Chairman of the National Youth Science Foundation gave an official welcome to the 2016 delegation to West Virginia and the National Youth Science Camp. Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, gave the Martha Wherle opening lecture, sharing his insight from over 30 years of experience in academic administration, emphasizing the importance of STEM education and policy.

Welcome to West Virginia NYSC 2016 Delegates!
Welcome to West Virginia, NYSC 2016 Delegates!

Later, the delegates took a tour of the University of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy, where they participated in hands-on activities and explored Compounding Labs, Simulation Labs, and the History of Medicine. After lunch, the students boarded buses to Sunny Camp Pocahontas.

Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor, West Virginia High er Education Policy Commission
Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

When the delegates arrived at camp, they settled into their cabins, gathered on the green for frisbee, and had their first dinner in the Laura Dill Dining Hall.  After a tour of Camp Pocahontas, NYSC Director John Giorir introduced the 2016 Staph* and discussed camp guidelines. Finally, delegates and unit leaders gathered in for cabin meetings and lights out for a well-deserved night of rest!

Delegates on the interactive tour at the Unversity of Charleston: School of Pharmacy
Delegates on the interactive tour at the University of Charleston: School of Pharmacy
Deleware delegate Soni Aggarwal greeted by Staph at Camp Pocahontas!
Delaware delegate Soni Aggarwal checking in with Staph* at Camp Pocahontas!

* Staph is a traditional spelling for “Staff”; our enthusiasm is infectious!

Bonus: Check out this article by the Charleston Gazette-Mail for NYSC  2016!

NYSC Fly-in!

CHARLESTON, WV– The 2016 session of the National Youth Science Camp starts today as delegates arrive at Charleston’s Yeager Airport and begin their nearly month-long experience with science enrichment.  As delegates arrive, they will be transported to Coonskin Park to kick off their participation in the program.

Staph* eager to meet our 2016 delegates!
Staph* eager to meet our 2016 delegates!

Afterwards, they will travel to the nearby University of Charleston to spend the night in the dorms. They will hopefully start to adjust to the 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. sleep schedule that is structured at the camp. Tomorrow, Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, will deliver the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture in Geary Auditorium. The lecture will discuss Dr. Hill’s background and perception of science, higher education, and governmental policy. The event is free and open to anybody interested in coming.

WV Delegate Drew Gupta checks in at Charleston.
WV Delegate Drew Gupta checks in at Charleston.

After a tour of the University of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy, the delegates will board buses and be on their way to Camp Pocahontas!

 

 

 

 

 

More delegates arriving at Yeager Airport!
More delegates arriving at Yeager Airport!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Staph is a traditional spelling for “Staff”; our enthusiasm is infectious!