Brian Thornber

Brian Yates Thornber

Brian Thornber

State/Country: Rhode Island
Hometown: Foster
High School: Ponaganset High School
College Plans: Johnson and Wales University, Providence
Major: Computerized Drafting & Engineering Design
Professional Plans: Design Engineer
Interests: Camping, Cards, Hiking, Traveling, Video games, Photography, Coding, Inventing, AutoCAD Modeling, Riddles
Activities: Scouts, FRC Robotics
Honors: NavSea Navy Intern, NYLT Graduate, Order of The Arrow Member

Press Release

Thornber Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Brian Thornber, a graduate of Ponaganset High School represented Rhode Island at the National Youth Science Camp. Thornber joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.  The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and eight countries, to attend the National Youth Science Camp.  For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers, and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.

These future STEM leaders are selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel, removing any financial barriers for attendance. Delegates also have the opportunity to gain individual hands on experience in STEM fields. The impact is profound and lifelong, according to Science Camp alumni, staff and presenters.

Thornber shared, “I think NYSC is important in the fact that it helps to show and prepare students for higher education as well as preparing them for a life away from home. NYSC has helped me to become a better student, note taker, friend, and member of the community.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit

Thornber plans to attend the Johnson and Wales University in Providence in the fall, to study Computerized Drafting and Engineering Design.


Contact Information:

John P. Giroir, Director, National Youth Science Camp – 304-205-9724 x1

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387