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29 August 2018

National Youth Science Forum

National Youth Science Forum

'For two weeks, two hundred Year 12 students from Australia experienced what it means to be a scientist ...'

Madison M (Year 12) was selected to attend the 2018 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Canberra. Madison had to undergo a rigorous selection process, sharing her love of science with representatives from Rotary.

'Last January, I had the privilege of attending the National Youth Science Forum at Australian National University, in Canberra. For two weeks, two hundred Year 12 students from Australia experienced what it means to be a scientist, and became the best of friends in the process. We went on countless site visits, participated in workshops, and met incredible people. As a student in the physics interest group, I explored the Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre, the Mount Stromlo Observatory, toured the ANU Particle Accelerator and even FaceTimed CERN in Switzerland.

From the Government House reception here in Melbourne to the Parliament House introduction in Canberra, we attended frequent events with alumni and watched presentations by internationally renowned scientists. We heard from so many inspiring people making their mark on the world, giving us a taste of what our futures may hold. It wasn’t all about science, either - a large focus was placed on skill-building, particularly critical thinking and public speaking. There were many interesting and fun hands-on experiences, including being in the incredibly insulated quiet room where the ANU physicists create Bose-Einstein Condensates (sometimes referred to as the fifth state of matter). Attending the NYSF was an experience that I will never forget, it filled me with excitement for the future, and I made so many life-long friends.' Madison M

Congratulations to Angelyn N in Year 11 who has also been selected to attend the 2019 National Youth Science Forum in Brisbane. We look forward to hearing about Angelyn’s experiences next year.

Congratulations also go to Jessica H in Year 12 on her selection to attend the Asian Science Camp. Jessica received this invitation as a result of her high achievement in the Science Olympiads in 2017.

Mrs Glenis Gumley
Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School