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St Paul’s student attends life changing Youth Science Forum

Date: March 23, 2018

Year 12 St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School student, Cameron Wong, met with leading scientists and industry professionals at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), in Canberra in January.

Hosted by the Australian National University (ANU), the NYSF is designed for students passionate about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related fields and is a great opportunity for them to work with the latest equipment and techniques used at university as well as network with leading scientists.

Cameron was sponsored by the local Rotary Club and over the 12 days he, along with 200 other students, took part in workshops and lectures, visited technology and science facilities and laboratories, attended sight-seeing tours and other social events.

During the program Cameron also visited the ANU Particle Accelerator, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, the Icon Water treatment plant, the Mount Stromlo Observatory and participated in a Q&A session with head researchers from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

However, one of Cameron’s favourite activities was a lecture by 2011 Nobel Physics Prize recipient, Brian Schmidt, who discovered the acceleration expansion of the universe.

“While all of these activities were unbelievably amazing, what really stood out was the people – everyone there was incredibly passionate and inspiring, making it easy to strike up engaging conversations and learn more about their lives.”

“Another aspect that I really enjoyed about the program was visiting many industry based businesses which we interact with on a daily basis, which really opened my eyes to how STEM is an essential part of modern society and maintaining quality of life.”

In its 35th year, the 2018 NYSF held three sessions of which two were at ANU and one at the University of Queensland, with almost 600 students being able to participate across the three sessions.

The NYSF forum provides students with further information to make decisions about courses and careers beyond Year 12 and Cameron said “This has been a life-changing program for me and has instilled an even greater passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)”.

Cameron encourages any student interested in STEM to apply. “If anyone knows any students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths, please let them know about this incredible program as it is such a unique and life-changing opportunity.”