Michelle Jernstedt, a 2003 graduate of Hood River Valley High School from Parkdale, was one of two delegates selected to represent Oregon at the National Youth Science Camp.
The camp (NYSC) was held in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia this summer from June 26 to July 21. Jernstedt and 94 other high school graduates from across the country participated in the four-week program, which is in its 40th year.
The camp merges science, outdoors, arts, and music.
According to Jernstedt, “the lectures on chimps and bonobos were really good. For a few minutes I was thinking about switching my future career goals from veterinarian of exotics to purely studying different primates.” Jernstedt is planning to study Animal Sciences at Cornell University.
Eminent scientists provided lectures and directed studies. Examples of this year’s lecture topics included: biometrics, breast cancer, nanomiotechnology, fuel cells and forensics.
The directed studies provided extensive “hands-on” experience in specific fields.
Delegates dissected a human hand or brain, built their own computers, or planned a mission to Mars.
Delegates not only learned about ground-breaking scientific research, but also explored the surroundings offered through the extensive program of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing.