The West Virginia Department of Education and the National Youth Science Foundation are launching the West Virginia Youth Science Camp (WVYSC) in an effort to promote the study of science statewide. Modeled after the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) held in Pocahontas County every summer, the state camp would allow for two rising 10th graders from each of West Virginia’s 55 counties to participate. The NYSC invites two students from every state to attend.

The first WVYSC is slated for July 10-16 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. The curriculum will mirror that of the NYSC.

“Science is critical to preparing today’s students for the 21st century,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “This camp will give promising West Virginia students the opportunity to experience science in the real world and prepare them for deeper levels of scientific investigation and understanding.”

The first state summer science camp will see 15 West Virginia teachers serving as facilitators. Fifteen students mentors, chosen from past participants of the National Youth Science Camp and the Governor’s Honor Academy, also will participate in the camp. 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.

WVYSC participants will experience directed study blocks in science, expert guest lecturers, field trips and will be introduced to the Youth Science Discovery Experience for Extended Learning and Research.

The WVYSC project will be funded by the state Department of Education and the National Youth Science Foundation.

Republished from the original WV Department of Education announcement.