Millennium Youth CampMYC Profiles - May 07, 2014

Team Energy 2014

“I’m passionate about electronics, neuroscience, and computer science because each of these fields has that potential to revolutionize our world in the coming decades,” says Lucas Lin from the United States. Other members of team Energy come from China, Czech Republic, Finland, Paraguay, and Spain.

Team Energy will be harnessing all their wits and skills to find creative solutions in a situation with very limited resources. Their project at the Millennium Youth Camp in June 2014 will continue a task begun already in the second application phase. The team faces a hypothetical scenario: they are stranded on a desert island with the need to craft the means and obtain the energy to signal for help.

Here are the members of Team Energy 2014:

Zhilin Wang, China

“It was my innate curiosity to find out how things worked which really sparked my interest. Plus, I had teachers and parents who were patient in answering my questions which gradually build up my interest and confidence in science,” says 17-year-old Zhilin Wang from China.

Currently completing his pre-university education in Singapore, he enjoys different kinds of hobbies during his free time. “I like doing a variety of stuff, playing sports like recreational floorball and reading. Oh, I like to go for Model United Nations simulations as well.”

He has not yet decided what he wants to study at university, but is considering law or energy technologies. He has attended Chemistry Olympiads, but the Millennium Youth Camp will be his first time experience of an international science camp outside Asia.

Zhilin is looking forward to exploring a new foreign country as well.
“I feel excited definitely but I am also a bit concerned with how I’m going to balance my school work and my prep for this camp.”

Ondřej Zbytek, Czech Republic

“The thing I enjoy the most is definitely gaining a new knowledge. It feels so good to know something new!” exclaims Ondřej Zbytek from the Czech Republic.

19-year-old Ondřej is at the moment a grammar school senior in Prague. He says he found his interest in science by independently pursuing new knowledge. “I loved to read new information and as time went by I found that natural sciences are more valuable to me, because of their persistence.”

He finds it rewarding to work on something he enjoys doing and wants to keep it that way in his future pursuits. “I found out that work which I enjoy doing is reward itself. That means that if you do the work properly and you enjoy it, it doesn’t stress you or it even doesn’t drain your energy! So, in the future, I want to do whatever work I enjoy.”

He found out about the Millennium Youth Camp through a teacher and is excited about meeting his fellow campers.

“I decided to apply because I thought it would be a nice thing to meet young people with the same attitude as mine. Moreover, I already feel like I am a part of a family even though the camp is way before us!”

Janni Harju, Finland

“I’d like to find a field that suits me in physics, and hopefully make a career as a researcher. I’d like to work in different countries around the world, and see what life has to offer,” says 16-year-old Janni Harju from Finland.

She is involved in the Scouts and considers herself a science enthusiast. Supportive science teachers have been a source of inspiration and encouragement for Janni, whose dream is to study in the UK after completing high school in Helsinki. “I’m passionate about my future studies,” she says.

She is looking forward to working with the Energy group and offers to show the campers around Helsinki, her home city.

“I don’t know how much free time we have, but I can think of lots of places I want to show you all!”

Bianca Cordazzo Vargas, Paraguay

“My dream is to study abroad a career in a science or/and medicine field. I am still not sure what career it could be, but I see myself doing research work after finishing my studies,” says 16-year-old Bianca Cordazzo Vargas from Paraguay.

During her free time she takes piano and swimming classes and loves to travel. In addition she enjoys listening to music, singing, reading books, watching series and chatting with her friends.

She is fascinated by nature and how common principles connect everything around us. “I am also passionate about music. When words are not enough, music always finds a way.”

“What sparked my interest in math was the National Paraguayan Math Olympiads (OMAPA), in which I have been participating since 2010. For me, learning is the most important thing, and something that math taught me is to persevere.”

She sees the Millennium Youth Camp as an amazing opportunity to make new friends abroad and to learn new things at the same time.

“I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience and it will open many doors for us. I wish the best for the camp and for the campers!”

Lidia Luque Fernandez, Spain

“Asking “why?” is the one thing I’ve always done, so I just can’t imagine myself as working in anything but a science field,” says 18-year-old Lidia Luque Fernandez from Spain.

Currently Lidia lives and studies in Norway and plans to continue to a Norwegian university with a focus on physics. Her hobbies range from skiing in the winter to traveling when possible. She also enjoys planning her travels and likes to relax with a good book. In the future she aspires to work as a researcher, travel more, be a part of a mission to Mars and overall to stay curious about life.

“I’m excited about pretty much everything I don’t understand and amazed at the few things I do understand. I look up to people that are excited about what they do and get everyone else on board.”

At the Millennium Youth Camp she would like to make lasting friendships and hopes to keep in touch with her fellow campers in the future, too. She is also looking forward to the Finnish sauna experience.

“I expect to be intellectually challenged and to leave the camp with questions I didn’t have before. To have room to ask lots of questions and talk to people who are passionate about what they do”.

Lucas Lin, United States

“The camp will help connect me with my fellow researchers of the future and understand diverse cultures which will foster a perspective that will enhance the international development of science in this increasingly globalized world,” says Lucas Lin from the United States.

His favorite activities include tinkering with electronics, relaxing by playing the piano and debating public policy in the debate team at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, his school in Washington D.C.

“In science, I’m passionate about electronics, neuroscience, and computer science because each of these fields has that potential to revolutionize our world in the coming decades.”

Lucas says that he finds the interdisciplinary nature of these fields very inspiring because it “allows for cross-application of knowledge in order solve issues ranging from sustainable energy to cost-effective medical treatment.”

His dream is to accumulate skills and knowledge in technology and science to employ them in novel ways that would support society.

“In the future I hope to leverage the technology and science I will learn in order to head a social entrepreneurial venture that applies them in innovative ways to better the lives of those who need it.”

He sees the Millennium Youth Camp as an opportunity to expand his horizons and to understand different cultures. Lucas says that networking with fellow researchers of the future is important emphasis for developing the international side of science.

Maija Pollari is a science journalist whose background is in molecular biology research. She enjoys flamenco dancing, reading, and roleplaying adventures.