2014 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is an intense month-long camp for young scientists conducted during the summer after they graduate from high school. In a rustic setting in West Virginia, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies on current science topics. The program also offers participants the opportunity to experience a wide variety of outdoor activities that have a minimal impact on the environment and are challenging for the experienced but accessible to those who have never participated in outdoor excursions. The NYSC is an all-expenses-paid program. The National Youth Science Foundation will arrange round trip transportation from an airport near the delegate’s home to Charleston, West Virginia.
Two students are chosen to represent Virginia as delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must be candidates for high school graduation between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014;
  • must be able to attend the entire NYSC program in Charleston, West Virginia, on Friday, June 27, 2014, and depart on Sunday, July 20, 2014;
  • must demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences;
  • must demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school and community activities;
  • must demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits; and
  • must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.

Information about the National Youth Science Camp and an application may be obtained at the National Youth Science Camp Web site. The application must be submitted through the NYSC Web site by March 1, 2014.

Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel based on the criteria required in the application. Applicants will be notified by March 27, 2014, regarding their selection status for the 2014 National Youth Science Camp.

Questions should be directed to Eric M. Rhoades, acting director, Office of Science and Health Education, by e-mail at Eric.Rhoades@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-2481.

Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE)

High School students are eligible to apply to the Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA. This 5-day summer camp is designed to introduce high school students to human anatomy and its relevance to healthy lifestyles and medicine. The camp will be held over two separate weeks in July – one for male students and one for females. Students spend hands-on time in the VCOM Anatomy lab each day and participate in guided learning experiences with VCOM medical students.  Any student selected to participate who lives more than 45 miles from VCOM will be provided free lodging at a local hotel (see details about supervision) along with breakfast and lunch each day. We also offer meal scholarships to cover evening meal costs for students with financial need. The application and all materials are available on the VCOM website at http://www.vcom.vt.edu/news/SEE.html. The application window is now open and VT will be accepting applications from interested students until the May 1st deadline.
2014 Craig Tufts’ Youth and Nature Essay Contest Now Open.

In honor of long-standing employee and naturalist, Craig Tufts, the family of Craig Tufts, Family Summits Inc., and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) invites youth to enter the 5th Annual Craig Tufts Educational Essay Scholarship competition.  This competition is open to any young person between the ages of 8 and 18 to submit an essay (guidelines and requirements).  The selected entry will receive a once in a life-time experience to attend a week-long summer outdoor adventure camp with a parent or guardian in Pacific Grove, CA.  Entries are due byMarch 28th.
Trees for Wildlife – Spring 2014 Application Period Open

NWF’s Trees for Wildlife program is an educational and community service program dedicated to teaching children and adults about the important role of trees for both wildlife and our communities.  Youth and school groups may apply to potential receive free native trees, a planting guide and resource guide, along with guidance from NWF staff to assist in planning your tree planting event or community tree giveaway event.  Review the guidelines and apply today.  Time is limited.  All applications must be received by February 21st for Spring consideration. 
Forestry Camp

Do you have students aged 13-16 who are interested in natural sciences?  Please consider nominating them to attend Holiday Lake Forestry Camp, held June 16-21 at Holiday Lake 4-H Center near Appomattox. Led by natural resource professionals, this residential camp provides field-based learning, skill development, and an introduction to natural resource careers.  All campers receive a substantial scholarship, keeping out-of-pocket costs low.  The nomination form and information can be found at www.dof.virginia.gov/camp. The nomination deadline is April 11.   Please contact Ellen Powell (ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov) if you have questions.
The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

The official entry period for the 2014 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition begins November 15, 2013.  The deadline for submitting essays is January 31, 2014, and winners will be announced on April 15, 2014.
The DuPont Challenge is a science essay competition that encourages students to delve deep into their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and express themselves with creativity and purpose.  Ours is a growing world that faces new challenges each day, and we want students to share their ideas for how science can help keep our global population supplied with food, safety, and clean energy.
Essays must be between 700 to 1,000 words in length, include a list of research sources, and fall under one of these four categories:
·  Together, we can feed the world.
·  Together, we can build a secure energy future.
·  Together, we can protect people and the environment.
·  Together, we can be innovative anywhere.
For more information about the DuPont Challenge, please go to http://thechallenge.dupont.com/.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium Programs with NASA

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium would like to share the following information about the following FREE NASA-related programs for Virginia's high school students interested in STEM and STEM educators.
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for 11th grade students and STEM teachers who are interested in aerospace-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) and includes two opportunities for participation:
  • Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars 2014 program for high school juniors
  • Becoming a VASTS Master Teacher for the 2014 program
Youth Rover Challenge

Registration for the Youth Rover Challenge (YRC), a multi-tier robotics education development program, is now open. Sponsored by The Mars Society, YRC is a STEM-related educational effort that is designed for schools and organizations with students or members in grades 5-12 to have the chance to build and compete at a global level with a LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 based robotic rover and competition arena intended to simulate the surface of Mars. The sandbox where the robotic rover operates is intended to be replicated so participants can operate the competition locally. Winners of the best place times will be invited to one of four events held in each region.
The Rover built for the competition is pre-designed accomplish specific experiments (tasks) similar to what Mars Rovers accomplish today on the surface of Mars and other harsh environments on remote places on Earth. The competition is operated on-site at your self-built sandbox and the final operation of the field tasks are then videotaped and sent to YRC for submission. Teams that have submitted videos that show the final operation of the rover completing the tasks under a time limit are then ranked against other teams.
Registration for the competition closes January 31, 2014. For more information about YRC, click here.