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Millennium Youth CampMYC News - Mar 15, 2011

2011 MY Campers have been chosen!

The final decision has now been made and the names of the 2011 MY Campers have been made public. The 30 MY Campers represent 22 nationalities and girls are in slight majority.

MY Camp is all about team work. Photo: Veli-Matti Vesterinen.

”Just like last year, all the applicants were of a high standard,” says Professor Maija Aksela, Chair of the Millennium Youth Camp Steering Group.

”The selection process was by no means easy, but the best proposals – innovative ideas which would be feasible to implement – did stand out,” Aksela continues referring to the project plans that the 100 applicants, chosen for the second round of the application process, compiled.

Producing project plans gave the young applicants an opportunity to demonstrate their skills.

”The project plans submitted in the second round featured many creative elements including videos, sound samples and a wide variety of images,” Aksela says. ”They clearly demonstrated that young people truly want to be involved in creating solutions such as alternative energy sources and innovative mobility solutions.”

16 girls, 14 boys

Almost half the applicants, who made it through to the second round, were girls, and 16 of them were selected as final MY Camp participants.

The selected young people, who share similar interests come from all the world’s continents. In addition to four young Finns, this year’s MY Campers come from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine and the United States.

MY Camp’s purpose is to stimulate interest in science and technology among young people and raise awareness of the study and working opportunities available in Finland.

A highlight of the 2011 MY Camp will be the chance to meet Stephen Furber, one of the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize Laureates. Furber will be offering MY Campers advice on how to pursue a scientific career.

”I’m happy that a scientist of such high repute is willing to give his time to encourage young people to take up science studies,” says Ainomaija Haarla, President and CEO, Technology Academy Finland and Chair of the Millennium Youth Camp project.

”Our aim is to motivate young people to seek a career in technological or scientific sectors. One day, perhaps, a MY Camper will be awarded the Millennium Technology Prize.”

The second Millennium Youth Camp will be held 11 to 17 June. MyScience will interview each MY Camper during the spring and offer news daily during the Camp.

Elisa Lautala works as web editor for University of Helsinki's Faculty of Science. Elisa likes all kinds of cultural events, good books, warm weather, and aqua-jogging.