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National Youth Science Camp 2015


Level: Graduating High School Seniors
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Where: Camp Pocahontas, near Bartow, W.V.
Dates: June 17 – July 11, 2015
Cost: Free, including travel to and from the camp

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), one of the country’s premier science education programs, offers graduating high school seniors a month of outdoor adventure and hands-on projects in the beautiful woods near Bartow, W.V., all travel costs and camp fees paid. A typical day might include a lecture on origami math and making duct-tape wallets.

Because the camp is only five hours from Washington, D.C., delegates are able to take a three-day trip to visit the extensive scientific and cultural offerings in the nation’s capital. Each year, West Virginia’s senior member of the United States Senate honors the delegates with a luncheon attended by other members of the U.S. Senate. Recent keynote speakers include Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of NOAA; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; Dr. Michael Griffin, Administrator of NASA; and Mr. Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

Two students selected to represent each state will have an opportunity to conduct research with professionals, stargaze with NASA scientists, meet officials in Washington, D.C., and enjoy hiking, swimming, and making friends with peers from other states and Latin America. NYSC alumni include astronauts, members of Congress, Nobel Prize winners, and business leaders.

Each state and country conducts its own competition to select delegates.

Applications are due  March 1, 2015. Click HERE for application forms and instructions, and for answers to frequently asked questions.

Applicants must:

  • Graduate from high school between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015;
  • Demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences;
  • Demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in both school and community activities;
  • Demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits; and
  • Demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
  • Commit to attending all four weeks of the camp.

The camp is made possible through planning and fundraising from the National Youth Science Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to honor, sustain, and encourage youth interest and excellence in science by conducting comprehensive informal science education programs. These programs are designed to provide opportunity for students to have constructive interaction with others and emphasize the social value of scientific careers.

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