A One-of-a-Kind Camp for Budding Young Scientists

A One-of-a-Kind Camp for Budding Young Scientists

Two Edison Scholars get a taste of everything from quantum physics to caving at the National Youth Science Camp.

Edison Scholars Sophia Lee, of Riverside, and Ji Whan “Kevin” Yoon, of Cypress, were the two delegates representing California at the National Youth Science Camp this summer.

Sophia Lee, of Riverside, and Ji Whan “Kevin” Yoon, of Cypress, two 2015 Edison Scholars, get ready to try out rock climbing during their three weeks at National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia.

Sophia Lee, a 2015 Edison Scholar, explores the characteristics of electromagnetic waves with a magnifying glass in her Directed Studies class on Photovoltaic Power System Design during National Youth Science Camp.

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Hanging by her fingertips from a sheer rock wall deep in a West Virginia forest, Sophia Lee was having second thoughts about coming to the National Youth Science Camp.

“It was the scariest thing I have ever done,” said Sophia, 18, of Riverside, recalling her ultimate triumph scaling the cliff.

Ji Whan “Kevin” Yoon, 18, of Cypress, had a similar reaction conquering the same 50-foot natural rock wall at NROCKS Outdoor Adventures — this wasn’t the science camp he thought he signed up for.

Sophia and Kevin were the only two delegates from California. They also are two of this year’s Edison Scholars. Edison International, parent of Southern California Edison (SCE), awards $40,000 scholarships every year to each of 30 outstanding high school seniors to help them in their college STEM studies.

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