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Local Student Named National Youth Science Camp Delegate

A student from Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District was named one of four state delegates at the 2022 National Youth Science Camp.

Maggie Yao will join two students from Contra Costa County and one from Orange County on the delegation.

Maggie’s never-ending desire to continuously explore has led her to spend her summers at the Stanford University Mathematics Camp and the ROSS Mathematics Program. She was president of her school’s Math and Physics teams and was active in her community, teaching STEM at the All Girls STEM Society. Other activities include serving as an intern at Asian Feed, a researcher at Boston University, a consultant for Scientella, and a production head for the Young Scientists Journal.

Although Maggie’s main passion is for mathematics and physics, her curiosity expands much further into philosophy, biology, and engineering. She hopes to obtain her PhD in a STEM field. She will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall and is currently thinking about becoming a product designer and professor.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s NYSCamp was again hosted as a virtual experience where delegates had the opportunity to attend hundreds of individual sessions, including lectures, seminars, directed studies, and special events. The California nominees joined students from across the country in gaining knowledge and experience in the STEM field. About 120 top science students from across the United States and 12 Western Hemisphere nations represented the 60th class of delegates.

“Not only is a STEAM education a great equalizer for our students with career opportunities—especially for our disadvantaged students and students of color—it’s the foundation for our future thought leaders in science, the individuals we need as our society grapples with climate change,” State Superintendent of Public Education Tony Thurmond said.

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