The Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center recognizes the critical importance of education and the role learning plays in fostering new discoveries. On June 28, we’re excited to be hosting over 100 National Youth Science Campers.

Some of the nation’s brightest high schoolers and international students will visit our offices and laboratories at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park. We’ll be demonstrating science-in-action, via sessions covering topics like geographic information systems (GIS), advanced polymer development, crystalization, water treatment technologies, absorption, chromatography and biodiesel preparation. Co-host Bayer MaterialScience will also provide a tour of their adjacent facility.

After campers visit MATRIC and Bayer, they will continue on a month long adventure filled with learning and fun during their stay at Camp Pocahontas, and through explorations of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, the U.S. Senate and other destinations.

In 1963, the National Youth Science Camp was started during the state of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, to demonstrate the science and technology infrastructure within the Mountain State, and to facilitate economic development. Former NYSC participants have gone on to serve organizations like Google, Hewlett-Packard, eBay and Orbital Sciences Corp.