Gabriela Franca

Gabriela Borges Franca

State/Country:  Brazil
Hometown:  Patrocínio
High School:  Instituto Federal de Educacao Ciencia e Tecnologia do Triangulo Mineiro
College Plans:  USP Universidade de Sao Paulo or UFMG Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais or UFU Universidade Federal de Uberlandia
Major:  Undecided
Professional Plans:  Astronomer, Aerospace Engineer or Computer Scientist
Interests:  Biking, Chess, Movies, Music, Photography, Video games, Camping, Reading, Gardening, Traveling, Sports, Astronomy
Activities:  Speech and Debate, Student GovernmentPhotography club, Extension projects, Research projects

Press Release

Franca Attends Prestigious United States STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Gabriela Franca, a graduate of Instituto Federal de Educacao Ciencia e Tecnologia do Triangulo Mineiro represented Brazil at the National Youth Science Camp.  Franca 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.

Franca shared, “I learned that culture is one of the most important characteristics that a person has. I experienced new things and learned about complex things in physics and math, like gravitational waves and complex numbers.”

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

Franca plans to attend either the USP Universidade de Sao Paulo or UFMG Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais or UFU Universidade Federal de Uberlandia in the fall.


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