By ERIN BECK
National Youth Science Camp
BARTOW, W.Va. — Steve Blasberg used a projector on top of a picnic table. He carried three pens in his pocket. One was red. He is a teacher.
A white-bearded and bespectacled mathematician, Blasberg described how to use math to predict a person’s chances of dominant or recessive genetic traits, like hair or eye color. He explained, for example, how inbreeding compounded the chances of hemophilia, a bleeding disorder and recessive trait, among the European royal families. Next to him, musical instruments sat in their cases.
It was the second full day of National Youth Science Camp in Pocahontas County. Four days prior, promising recent high school graduates from across the country and world had flown into Yeager Airport in Charleston. They spent the night at the University of Charleston, then headed to Camp Pocahontas for three and a half weeks of outdoor adventure and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
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