Today, the 2016 delegates left for home and should be settling into their next big OCE (Out of Camp Experience). Soon photos and other fun media from camp will be posted on this site. All delegates will also be added to the alumni association group. We look forward to hearing about the accomplishments and successes of all of our new alumni. Don’t forget the tradition of celebrating “firsts” and getting comfortable outside your comfort zones!
Delegates, now scattered across the United States and the world, head to their bright future in colleges, sharing this unique summer experience. They lived in cabins together, went on challenging overnight experiences in each others company, and united as one delegation to learn deeply about the problems of the world. Environmental damage, disease, poverty, and hunger are just some of the problems these delegates must address, but these problems are left in enthusiastic and surprisingly powerful hands.
Though most wish that camp could last a forever, all good things must eventually come to close. Camp is temporary, but knowledge and friendships last a lifetime. Bye to all the delegates, hope you enjoyed camp!
Today the 2016 delegates and staph traveled to Washington, D.C., where they will be peregrinating to and around the nation’s capitol. later in the evening the delegates walked around the National Mall Monuments, starting at the White House.
Additional events for the the next few days include: Smithsonian Museum and Zoo tours, Case Studies in Science Policy by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a movie showing of Jurassic World at the National Harbor, and the Senate Luncheon. The delegates will be heading back to camp on July 8th!
This morning delegates shared research they’ve worked on with their peers in a lecture environment. These delegate presentations are an exciting testament to the academic rigor and scientific competence the 2016 delegation possesses.
The afternoon consisted of staph and delegate seminars, from Photography 101 with Peter Gerstenberger to Creative Writing with Narisse Trippel.
Tonight’s lecture was given by Mr. Freedom Dumlao, (Director of Engineering, Xively). In The Internet of Things Mr. Dumlao discussed the IoT, a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
The third and final overnight trips are done! In addition to the usual hiking, biking, climbing, and caving options, an additional group went to to NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) and controlled a 40 foot telescope to observe hydrogen emission in our universe.
Tonight’s lecture was given by Dr. James Berry, Professor of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In “Recycling Pharmaceuticals: Economics and the Environment,” Dr. Berry examined both the economic and environmental benefits of reducing the emission of “used” pharmaceuticals into the air and water using a cost/benefit analysis.
Today, the delegates finished up their last directed study block. The morning lecture, “Getting ready to be “The Martian”: A One-Year Expedition on the International Space Station” was given by Dr. Julie Robinson (Chief Scientist, International Space Station, NASA). Dr. Robinson highlighted some of the most dramatic discoveries and benefits of the ISS, and how challenging the unknown keeps scientists and engineers on the cutting edge of discovery.
In the afternoon, delegates had the opportunity to participate in seminars from Creek Sampling with Rachel to How to Make a Campfire with Gavin. Afterward, the delegates selected their last overnight trips in the outdoor lottery.
More posts to come July 1st – going on overnight trips again tomorrow!
The 2016 delegation just returned from their second overnighter. Students went climbing, caving, biking, and hiking all over the woods in West Virginia. Hiking groups overcame high creek levels to succeed on the trails. Spelunkers and Climbers gripped wet rocks to conquer challenging routes. Albeit tired and road-weary, all overnight groups made it back to camp successfully.
“Chocolate Logic and the Nature of Science” was the topic of the evening lecture, by Dr. Paul Miller (Teaching Associate Professor of Physics at West Virginia University). A former delegate, staph, and director of the National Youth Science Camp, Dr. Miller shared his knowledge on effective science education and the role of science and scientists in our society.