A mix of scientific, formal, personal development and social activities with hundreds of other bright young people from across the nation awaits two students from The Armidale School who have been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forums at the Australian National University in January.
Tom Wright of Armidale and Hugh Worsley from Inverell are looking forward to the opportunities at the 12-day immersive residential camps, which are an initiative of Rotary and seek to promote study, research and commercial applications in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“I’m really keen to experience the facilities at a major university and particularly the engineering side of things,” said Tom. “It will be great to mix with a lot of like-minded young people with such similar interests.”
Hugh agreed: “It will be great to do some fun science and meet scientists and other professionals who have had interesting careers in the field and also find out what’s happening at a research level.”
Students attending the forums learn about the variety of ways that STEM is used in practice, and the range of careers that relate to it. The forum also examines the role STEM plays in broader social and economic issues affecting both Australia and overseas, and how it can provide solutions to past and present problems. There is also discussion on science in everyday life, ethics, diversity and leadership.
Tom will be attending the first forum in the first two weeks of the new year, while Hugh will be part at the second forum in the last two weeks of January. The students have been sponsored by the Armidale North Rotary Club.