Fiachra Rottinghaus

Fiachra Eileen Rottinghaus

State/Country:  Wyoming
Hometown:  Lander
High School:  Lander Catholic Homeschool
College Plans:  The University of Georgia or Vanderbilt
Major:  Cognitive Sciences / Psychology and Classics
Professional Plans:  Researcher in the Psychological Side of Human-Machine Interaction
Interests:  Music, Movies, Reading, Camping, Writing, Drawing
Activities:   Girls in Science Club I founded to mentor and teach girls in grades 2-5 basic science and experimental skills, Lander Fiddler’s Performing Group, President of the Lander Junior Classical League/ Latin Club, Ballet and Irish Dance, Literary Club
Honors:  AP Scholar ISEF Finalist (International Science and Engineering Fair) 2015, 6-time 1st place winner at Wyoming State Science Fair in Behavioral and Social Sciences, National Latin Exam 6 Gold and Silver Medals, Multiple awards on National Latin, Greek, and Classical Exams, Scholastic Writing Awards Honorable Mention for Science Fiction , Published Latin stories in National Contest

Press Release

Rottinghaus Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Fiachra Rottinghaus, a graduate of Lander Catholic Homeschool represented Wyoming at the National Youth Science Camp.  Rottinghaus 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.

Rottinghaus shared, “NYSC has given me a stronger background in topics such as biochemistry and medical engineering, which I had not previously studied. Additionally, my confidence has grown in interacting with my peers and I’ve gained valuable experience for college.”

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

Rottinghaus plans to attend either the University of Georgia or Vanderbilt in the fall, to study Cognitive Sciences / Psychology and Classics.


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