CHARLESTON, W.Va. – About 100 West Virginia students are learning more than campfire songs at the Third Annual West Virginia Youth Science Camp.
The event, which runs all week at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, includes lessons on the snakes of West Virginia, clean water, bat acoustics, the science of baseball, energy conservation and the history of Canaan Valley.
In 2011, The National Youth Science Camp partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) for the inaugural year. The camp had so much success, that the WVDE was able to fund and expand the camp to include students from nearly every county.
Students, called camp delegates, were chosen for their passion and academic proficiency for science and mathematics. Delegates will be high school sophomores this upcoming school year.
The camp seeks to honor and encourage high achieving science-oriented students, while introducing them to scientific topics they may not have otherwise considered. Guest lecturers in the different STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields are attending the camp and providing directed studies.
“The WVDE is so pleased to be able to make the West Virginia Youth Science Camp an enriching experience for students,” said state Superintendent Jim Phares. “This learning experience gives students the opportunity to explore scientific and technology subjects that are vital in the 21st century.”
Ongoing research will bring students back together during follow-up weekends throughout the school year in which they will report their findings.
The camp seeks to prepare delegates for their college, career and life-long education and to develop the creativity and self-confidence to succeed in scientific careers.
For more information, contact the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.