YSDE Comes To a Close

Congratulations to participants in the 2014 Youth Science Discovery Experience!  This morning’s colloquium was a success, with a good audience of friends and family, and scientists observing remotely via video conference from across the state.

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Thanks to the WV Department of Education and the Arts for funding this opportunity, and to SRA International for sponsoring participation of two Virginia students.  NYSF is particularly grateful to the students and teachers who make this  kind of program possible, and the friends and family who have helped them come this far.

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Crunch Time and Some Fun

With research presentations tomorrow morning, YSDE teams worked hard throughout the day to prepare and rehearse, only breaking for meals and seminars.  After dinner they visited the White Room Gallery in Thomas before a surprise concert with Erika May at the Purple Fiddle.

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YSDE Resumes in Canaan Valley

YSDE students and teachers reconvened today, this time at Canaan Valley Institute.  After some discussion on presentation tips, the group broke into research teams to start wrapping up their work and begin preparing presentations and research posters.

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Presentation session this weekend!

Participants should plan to arrive between 12:30 and 1:15 pm this Saturday at Canaan Valley Institute for this weekend’s concluding YSDE session.  The address is 494 Riverstone Road, Davis, WV.  Directions are at http://www.canaanvi.org/CVI/directions.html, and Google Maps can point you there too.  I don’t recommend trusting your GPS–they have been known to send people astray.

Presentation notes

  • Each group will give a live presentation Monday morning and also create a poster that presents your methods, results, and directions for future work.
  • Shoot for about a 15 minute presentation including a little time for questions.
  • Each group member should contribute to the presentation.
  • Slides should support your verbal presentation, not duplicate it (keep slides simple and clear, don’t read from them).
  • Poster should elaborate more (stand alone without much explanation).
  • Make sure I get you poster in pdf format before you depart–these will be posted on the YSDE website.

Packing list

  • Laptop (The computer lab workstations have been removed, so each group will need at least one computer.)
  • Flash drive if possible
  • business-casual outfit for Monday’s presentations
  • shorts and tennis shoes for biking in case of good weather
  • You do not need to bring any bedclothes–lodging will be in hotel rooms this time around, so linens and towels will be available.
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Presentation Dates Set For April 26-28


The 2014 YSDE will have a final meeting April 26-28 to wrap up work and present research.  This meeting will take place at Canaan Valley Institute Research and Education Center near Davis, WV.  A colloquium will be held Monday morning, April 28th, at 10AM, and a poster version of each team’s work will be hosted on this website.  Family, friends, and the public are welcome to attend the presentations.

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Pringles Challenge – Results are in!


Pringle Instructions

During their last evening in Green Bank, YSDE students worked in teams of 3 or 4 to devise a package that would (hopefully) carry a Pringle chip through USPS first class mail to the camp director’s home without the chip getting broken.  The main factor was final condition of the chip, and packages were weighed upon receipt to distinguish the lightest, most efficient packaging in the event of multiple successful deliveries. Continue reading

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Heading home for now…

After five days of hard work and play, this spring YSDE crew heads home today.  They spent the morning analyzing and interpreting their data, making plans for work yet to be done, and looking forward to coming together again in late April to wrap up research and present their results to peers and advisors.  Thanks to Sue Ann Heatherly, Kathryn Williamson, and the NRAO staff for hosting and helping with this session, and thanks also to Joe Allen, Rachel Rosen, and Aaron Sutch for traveling to Green Bank to advise the student research projects.  NYSF is grateful for the opportunities to work with such dedicated science professionals.  We also appreciate the dedication of the teachers and students willing to make time in their busy schedules to come together for this experience.  More to come soon as the closing weekend and colloquium approach…

3-11Above, Team Becquerel gathers in the science center on their last morning in Green Bank.


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