Robert Pavalok of Roane County High School from Gandeeville, WV, represented Roane County as a delegate to the 2012 West Virginia Youth Science Camp®(WVYSC). Robert joined 77 other top high school students representing 33 counties of West Virginia at the rigorous two-week residential program. The WVYSC, located at the Cedar Lakes conference center in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.
Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: gene expression, surgical advances, forensic science, fuel cells, and marine archeology. Throughout camp, Directed Studies provided extensive hands-on experiences in specific fields. Delegates had the opportunity to build rockets, engineer heat shields, learn the science of music, isolate genes, and discuss bioethics.
In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates explored their natural surroundings through an outdoor program consisting of hiking and mountain biking. The delegates chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.
The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit www.nysf.com.