Heather Skovgard, a 2012 graduate of Kuna High School, was selected to represent Idaho as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp from June 27 to July 21.
Skovgard joins 119 other top science students from across the nation and around the world for the honors science leadership program, now in its 49th year
The NYSC, located in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, integrates scientific programming with opportunities 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 will include global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, students will have “hands-on” experiences in specific fields, including the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.
Delegates will explore their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing, and may choose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation.