National science learning opportunity for high school seniors

High school seniors have opportunity to apply to attend prestigious science education program, the National Youth Science Camp, at no cost. Applications are due February 15.

Alex Lott (far left), former Ingham County 4-H’er and 2009 NYSC delegate, climbing up a rock wall.The National Youth Science Camp is one of the nation’s premier programs in secondary science education for high school seniors. One young man and one young lady are chosen annually from each state for the intense, three-week residential camp at Camp Pocahontas just outside of Bartow, W. Va. Students from many other countries are also selected to attend. This year the camp will be held June 26 to July 20.

Those selected will attend the National Youth Science Camp at no expense. Transportation is provided and includes round-trip transportation from an airport near the delegate’s home to Charleston, W. Va. Incidental expenses are not covered.

The camp honors, rewards and encourages excellence in science – goals that align with those of Michigan State University Extension. It strives to broaden, inspire and encourage a sense of thoughtful scientific leadership among future scientists, engineers, mathematicians and healthcare professionals. Students are challenged academically in provocative lectures by distinguished national experts and through small-group learning experiences in a variety of science areas. The campers also have many opportunities to gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors as they push themselves physically in an extensive outdoor program that includes activities such as kayaking, caving and mountain climbing. They also establish friendships that last a lifetime. Applicants can glean a sense of the daily schedule, but further specifics about each day aren’t revealed until camp to encourage delegates to experience each day fully and give undistracted attention to guest presenters.

Delegates are selected based on exceptional academic achievement, leadership in school and community activities, and a genuine interest in the sciences. The governor of each state appoints a selection coordinator who initiates a competitive process to choose two delegates and up to four alternates. Delegates attend the summer after their high school graduation.

Interested Michigan high school seniors should download the application packet and send their completed application to Susan Codere Kelly at Michigan Department of Education, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909. Applications must be received no later than February 15. Questions can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The camp is made possible through the planning and fund-raising of the National Youth Science Foundation. The mission of this nonprofit organization is to honor, sustain and encourage youth interest and excellence in science by conducting comprehensive informal science education programs that emphasize scientific careers. Funding is also provided from the State of West Virginia, and private and corporate donors. Visit the National Youth Science Foundation’s website for more information.

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