Nearly 80 West Virginia students are dissecting a human cadaver hand, assembling rockets, constructing heat shields, engineering sports equipment and collecting and growing environmental samples during the West Virginia Youth Science Camp.
The West Virginia Department of Education sponsors the camp each summer. This year it began on July 15 and continues through July 28 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. The students are referred to as "delegates", according to a news release from the state department of education. They represent 33 counties across West Virginia. The students are selected based on their academic performance in science and mathematics. They'll all be high school sophomores this upcoming school year.
During the camp students may choose studies in sports engineering, medicine, rocketry, environmental biology and DNA forensics. "The WVDE is so pleased to be able to make the West Virginia Youth Science Camp an enriching experience for students," said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple in a news release. "The extra week of learning presents the opportunity for students to explore scientific and technology subjects that are vital in the 21st century."
Ongoing research will bring students back together during follow-up weekends throughout the school year.