Science Education Celebrates First State Science Camp for Kids

July 11, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two rising 10th graders from counties across the state will participate in West Virginia’s first state summer science camp beginning this week.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the National Youth Science Foundation, the West Virginia Youth Science Camp is slated for July 10-16 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. The camp will integrate a broad science curriculum with traditional summer camp recreational activities.

The curriculum is modeled after that of the National Youth Science Camp, which takes place every summer in Pocahontas County. The national camp invites two rising college sophomores from each state to participate.

"We here at the West Virginia Department of Education have worked collaboratively with the National Youth Science Foundation to make a state science camp for kids a reality," said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. "This camp demonstrates the dedication of not only the department, but of the community to make our students in West Virginia globally competitive in the 21st century."

The camp is designed so that participants will have study blocks in science, expert guest lecturers and fieldtrips. They also will be introduced to the Youth Science Discovery Experience for Extended Learning and Research.

Students will be expected to conduct research projects in a real-world context and report findings at four extended weekend follow-up sessions throughout the school year.

"The importance of being scientifically literate in the 21st century is constantly growing," Marple said. "The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is a great way to help good kids do great things while learning science."

Fifteen West Virginia Teachers will serve as facilitators, and 15 student mentors, chosen from past participants of the National Youth Science Camp and the Governor’s Honor Academy, will also participate in the camp. 

The camp is funded by the state Department of Education and the National Youth Science Foundation.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called "Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

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