Argentine Participants of the National Science Camp Travel to U.S.

The Argentine school students, María Belén Ticona from Buenos Aires City and Francisco Trujillo from Mendoza visited the Embassy and met Charge D’Affairs just before leaving for the U.S.María Belén and Francisco are the new Argentine delegates of the National Youth Science Camp that will take place in the state of Virginia West from 27 June to 21 July this year.

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) held in the Monongahela National Forest is a popular educational program that brings together hundreds of outstanding students from the United States and other countries that have excelled in scientific disciplines.

The aim of the program is to stimulate the passion for research and studies in the sciences. This is an enriching educational experience that offers activities such as lectures, directed courses, field workshops, and discussions with experts from different scientific disciplines. The camp, which is entirely carried out in English also includes an innovative and extensive outdoor agenda and the opportunity establish permanent links with Americans and other Latin American youths who have similar interests. The two Argentine students have been selected based on their academic merit, interest in science, their leadership potential and their English skills.

María Belén Ticona was born in Buenos Aires. She is 17 years old and studies at the “Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires”. María Belén wants to major in Biological and/or Chemical Science to do research in the future.

Francisco Trujillo is a 17 years old student from the city of Mendoza. He attends the Liceo Militar General Espejo and has participated in several Math and Science Olympics, obtaining very good results.

This will be the eighth year that young Argentine students attend this prestigious National Youth Science Camp, sponsored by the State Department of the United States.

The science camp was established in 1963 by the state of West Virginia and is currently funded by the National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF). Since its beginning, the program is developed at Camp Pocahontas, on the outskirts of the city of Bartow.

More information about the camp can be found at National Youth Science Camp.