National Youth Science Camp in WV

West Virginia is playing host to hundreds of the country's top science students this month. And these wiz kids include an international group.

A busy chemistry lab at the University of Charleston isn't anything new. But these aren't college students. They are recent high school graduates. Two from every state, Washington, D.C., and eight different countries. Like Lucas Araujo, who left his family in Brazil to study here for a month.

Lucas Araujo, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, says, "Everything is new, the taste of the food is totally different, event the water is different."

These students aren't just learning how to mix compounds in the pharmacy lab on their interactive tour. They are learning how to get along in and out of the classroom.

"It's an experience you can't get in a traditional high school setting", says John Watters, of Raleigh, North Carolina.

They are the latest group of students at the science camp. West Virginia provides a lot of the funding for the international event.

It started in 1963, near the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County. Now, it's a summer destination to encourage the highest levels of learning. Where getting to know people between seminars, and experiments is part of the plan.

Watters found that out, at dinner one night.

"We asked them what's different between their country and the USA. And they said everything. And we tried to look for similarities and it was hard to come up with something. It led to good conversation", Watters said.

"It's curious to see even people from different states. you can see the cultural differences, yes" said Araujo.

And among these aspiring scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, the differences are a good thing.

"It's good to know about other cultures" said Araujo.

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