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Back from the Second Overnighter!

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.

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Delegates enjoying a Rocky Point sunset
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Stream crossings on the Allegheny Trail
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Delegates posing for a group photo on the Seneca Creek hike
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Brennen Murphy (LA) and Gregory Michajlyszyn (MI) navigating their way along the trails

“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. 

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Dr. Paul Miller (WVU)

First Overnighter a Success!

Yesterday and today the delegates scattered in groups throughout the West Virginia wilderness and found their way back to camp. Many of the overnight trips offered at the National Youth Science Camp give delegates the opportunity to get in touch with Mother Nature and oftentimes try something they haven’t experienced yet in life.  For many delegates, these trips provide them with their first chance to use a map and compass, backpack through the woods, mountain bike, or crawl in a cave.

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NYSC Delegates and great views on the Rohrbaugh hike in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area
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Delegates navigating with a compass and map through wild and wonderful West Virginia
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NYSC Delegates, Northfork trail, and  more beautiful views!

This evening’s lecture was given by Science of Baseball by Dr. Ricardo Valerdi (Associate Professor, University of Arizona).  His talk, “The Science of Baseball discussed the implications of sports movies on STEM education and the impact that baseball can have on academic achievement.

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Dr. Ricardo Valderi Associate Professor, University of Arizona