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Ink, Inventions, and Interstellar Science!

Today, delegates continued their first Directed Study block, went to seminars, and attended not one, but two guest lectures!

Delegates Richa Beher (MD) and Rachel Snyderman (DC) making earrings during seminar time

This morning’s lecture, Inventing Things with a few Case Examples by  Dr. David Hackleman, was an eclectic presentation that revealed the process of inventing and discussed the surprises and ramifications of inventions. Dr. Hackleman, part of a team that invented and delivered Thermal Ink-Jet printing to the world from Hewlett-Packard, shared his experience and passion for creating new things, hoping that the delegates would realize the potential in their own capabilities .

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Dr. David Hackleman discussing thermal ink-jet printing

In the afternoon, delegates had the opportunity to participate in more seminars from Portuguese 101 with Hunter to Earring Making with Hallie. Also during seminar time, delegates had open Comp Sci to check email or social media and time to call home.

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California delegate Grace Bower knitting during seminar time

Tonight’s lecture was by Dr. Maria Hamilton, Professor of Physics at Marshall University. In  A Cosmic Discover: The First Detection of Gravitational Waves, Dr. Hamilton explained what happens when two black holes collide, and demonstrated how gravitational waves are detected. Hamilton introduced the delegates to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which allowed us to hear the gravitational waves that come from the far reaches of space into the past that Galileo, Newton, and Einstein only dreamt of detecting.

Dr. Maria Hamilton
Dr. Maria Hamilton explains the electromagnetic spectrum

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!