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July 28, 2012 –

Last day of camp! Delegates pack up and say their farewells as they head home with their parents.

July 27, 2012 –

Pirate raid! After their last day of lectures and seminars, some led by the delegates, “Twinkies” arrived to transport delegates to an undisclosed location. Before arriving at their destination however, pirates (the Staph dressed in costume) raided the buses and ushered the delegates into a local theater for a surprise concert featuring Brianna Lane.

July 26, 2012 –

Staph team takes Ultimate trophy! Delegates began their final Directed Study. After an engaging lecture on the Nature of Science by Paul Miller delegates show off their wonderful talents in a Delegate Talent Show.

July 25, 2012 –

A capitol visit! After traveling to Charleston, delegates had a chance to meet the Governor, their district senators, and representatives from the House of Delegates. Following the visit to the capitol, delegates split up into groups to partake in a variety of activities throughout Charleston. One group continued on a tour of the capitol and governor’s mansion, which was followed by a trip to the State Museum in the Cultural Center. Another group went to the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia for a day full of activities including a planetarium visit and IMAX viewing. The third group went hiking and biking on beautiful trails up in the Kanawha State Forest.

July 24, 2012 –

More surprises! After exciting lectures, directed studies, and seminars, delegates dressed their best for dinner and headed to the assembly hall afterwards for a dance. Delegates then headed back to their cabins to change for another hike. They arrived at a field and to their surprise, a movie screen went up and everyone settled down for an outdoor showing of October Sky.

July 23, 2012 –

Ultimate games continued. Delegates began their third Directed Study on wind power, microbiology, statistics, bioethics, and more. A few get their hands dirty and perform a deer necropsy with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

July 22, 2012 –

The Ultimate Games continue: Powderpuff team beats team Zoon. Doctoral candidate Tim Milakovich gave an interesting lecture on how thermodynamics and kinetics can explain just about everything in science, life, and perhaps love. Seminars on paradoxes, what to expect in college, psychology, a creek walk, and more kept delegates busy until an exciting lecture on bioethics in the evening.

July 21, 2012 –

A day of surprises! After launching student-built rockets, delegates enjoyed some pool time, a picnic by the Tree of Life, and a performance by Staph members. A surprise bonfire followed shortly, complete with campfire songs and s’mores. However, the surprises weren’t over yet. After cabin meetings, delegates were taken out on a nighttime hike for stargazing.

July 20, 2012 –

First round of Ultimate Frisbee! Three teams compete to play the Staph team. Delegates continued their directed studies and heard interesting lectures on systems thinking and antidotes. During seminar time, delegates learned about photography in motion, received an intro to Chaos Theory, tested the bridges built in the directed study, and more.

July 19, 2012 –

Today, delegates started exciting new directed studies after a lecture on the “Change Over One Surgical Career,” given by Dr. Rick Walker. The directed studies covered topics on model rocketry, bridge building, microbiology, photo book making, ultrasound, outdoor survival, and more. The day ended with a lecture on current environmental issues affecting West Virginia waters by Mr. Garland Roberts, an environmental Inspector.

July 18, 2012 –

Delegates wake up early and board “Twinkies” for their first out of camp experience, the final destination: Huntington, WV. Delegates tour one of the few glass blowing factories left in West Virginia and the Huntington Museum of Fine Art featuring visiting artist Judy Pfaff.


July 17, 2012 –

Morning show starts! Dr. Zoon made a vocal appearance and greeted the delegates along with other guests. Directed studies continued after a riveting lecture on why stuff falls apart by Dr. Mac Louthan, a consulting scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory. Dr. Louthan discussed the six fundamental reasons for failure and how they apply not only to failures in engineering systems, but also in modern society.

July 16, 2012 –

First day of directed studies! Delegates chose a directed study that thoroughly explored a topic area and provided a hands-on experience. Topic areas varied from DNA Extraction and Aero-Sports Engineering, to an Introduction to Failure Analysis and the Art of Music.

July 15, 2012 –

Delegates Arrived! After getting settled and a few words of welcome, the delegates said farewell to their parents. Delegates then toured the Cedar Lakes Conference Center with Staph members and explored the facilities. This was followed up by activities, such as soccer and Frisbee. The day ended with an engaging lecture provided by Dr. Zoon Nguyen, snacks, and cabin meetings.

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Welcome to the 2012 West Virginia Youth Science Camp

Welcome to 2012 West Virginia Youth Science Camp’s web site.   As WVYSC 2012 progresses, we’ll be posting updates here, so check back once the program gets underway.  If you are looking for information about summer camps, applying to WVYSC 2012, or just more background information, check out the National Youth Science Foundation, keep exploring this site, or get in touch.

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