Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Trini students heading to US for science camp

Heading to the National Youth Science Camp 2019: At left Sarah Berment, at right Teveer Balraj. Photo courtesy NIHERST.

Heading to the National Youth Science Camp 2019: At left Sarah Berment, at right Teveer Balraj. Photo courtesy NIHERST.

Two secondary school students are on their way to the United States to participate in the three-week National Youth Science Camp 2019.

Teveer Balraj of Naparima College and Sarah Berment of Holy Name Convent will attend the camp which will be hosted at a facility located in the Monongahela National Forest near Bartow, in the eastern mountains of West Virginia.

Balraj is a lower six student currently pursuing Pure Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. He is the President of his Peer Supporters Club, where he provides emotional support and guidance to his fellow schoolmates.

Having completed the Bronze and Silver levels of the Duke of Edinborough Award (President’s Awards), He is now a Gold Participant as well as a training leader in the programme and now trains Bronze participants.

Berment is also a lower six student and is currently pursuing Physics, Pure Mathematics and Additional Mathematics.

She has received multiple awards for her academic achievements and has participated in several extra-curricular activities including volunteer work, dance, art and the Mathematics Olympiad. She is also the photographer and writer for her school’s website.

The programme rotates each year to new educational districts.  This year’s programme was open to students in the Port of Spain and Victoria educational districts.

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education programme that honours and challenges graduating high school science students. Scientists from across the nation present lectures and hands-on science seminars, as well as interact informally with student delegates.

Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research. A visit to Washington D.C. permits delegates to visit some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities.

The National Youth Science Camp’s diverse academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program, which leverages the Science Camp’s location in the Monongahela National Forest. The Science Camp’s outdoor program offers a variety of events including backpacking and rock climbing.

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