West Virginia's Annual Science Camp and Summer Fun Go Hand in Hand

July 14, 2014

Green Bank, W. Va. — The National Youth Science Foundation and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are pleased to announce the 2014 West Virginia Youth Science Camp (WVYSC). The 12-day residential camp began July 8 and extends through July 19 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W. Va. during which time upcoming sophomores from high schools across the state have the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the science by participating in outdoor adventures, exciting lectures and hands-on studies.

"Whether studying physics through rocket launching or designing or building and creating complex machines in the spirit of engineering, delegates experience science not only as summertime fun, but as a critical component to everyday life," said Chuck Heinlein, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools.

Student campers, or delegates, are offered a wide variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics with WVYSC staff and visiting scientists that include the physics of Angry Birds, operating a 40 foot telescope and learning about hydrogen power. Students are also taught the importance of collaboration between artists and scientists. During the camp, participants experience the natural partnership of art and science through seminar activities including ballroom dancing, basket weaving and painting.

The core STEM curriculum is integrated with field excursions and other educational experiences that enrich delegates' understanding of the practical relationships between classroom work and the real world. Delegates also learn how much the current world depends on science and develop lifelong friendship through teamwork and communication.

To learn more about the camp's activities and to hear comments of current delegates visit the WVYSC website at http://2014.wvysc.org/. For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the Communication Office at (304) 558-2699 or Robin Sizemore at robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us.

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