Washington, District of Columbia – June 27th – Over 100 top students from across the United States and eight other countries, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) participating in the prestigious National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp), recently explored our nation’s capitol. Between a Policy Forum at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with AAAS Fellows, a luncheon in the Kennedy Caucus Room with US Senators and guests, tours of national memorials, behind-the-scenes exploration of our national museums, delegates were busy learning more about STEM and policy in our nation’s capitol.
Many delegates enjoyed the reflective solitude that the national museums afforded them. “After being around so many people for so long, it was nice to have some reflective time to myself,” said Rachel Gasser of Minnesota.
Aside from hearing from Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Mr. Wes Bush, the chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation, was the keynote speaker at the senate luncheon. Bush, a 1979 alumnus of the NYSCamp from West Virginia, shared his experiences in college, his early career, and his excitement about the future of science and how the delegates are going to usher in a new era of research and innovation. In addition, Senator John McCain (Arizona) addressed the students, acknowledging their achievements and encouraging them to continue their path of excellence.
“I congratulate you on being here,” said Senator John McCain, “I hope that you will continue your efforts because we need you more than ever in this ever-changing world.”
“The senate luncheon cemented for me the idea that we’re all in this together, here for each other and for science,” said Stevie Schauer of Kentucky, “It was reassuring to listen to such impressive and powerful people and hear them say that we’d be in their positions some day, making important decisions and leading scientific progress.”
This trip gave the young leaders in STEM an in-depth perspective on how science policy is developed for the United States, as well as, a history of science innovation in our country. The presenters have inspired the students to go further in their STEM fields of achievement, thus creating a new hope for our nation and our future.