Peter Ericksen, a 2012 graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High School, will join 119 top high school graduate at the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia.
Ericksen is the Illinois delegate at the four-week program that also includes international students. The camp, in its 49th year, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art and the outdoors.
Ericksen would like to pursue a career in engineering, and lists his interests ranging from movies and music to reading and running. The camp runs from June 27 to July 21.
Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp at the Monongahela National Forest to lecture and lead directed studies. This year's lecture topics include global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy and energy sustainability.
There is also extensive "hands-on" experiences in specific fields. Delegates will have the opportunity to dissect a human hand, explore forensic science techniques and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.
Delegates also will explore the natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program that includes hiking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing. Other seminars available to delegate feature Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing, as well as discussions on travel, philosophy, culture and religion.
To learn more about the camp, or to follow delegates' activities, visit http://2012.nysc.org/.