Over 1,200 applications are submitted through Rotary Clubs each year by Year 11 students to be considered for 400 places Australia wide at the National Youth Science Forum. This year, four Glennie girls: Genevieve Dean, Kari Donaldson, Amy Grant and Ellie Sands were honoured to be selected. Congratulations girls.
The Forum delivers an immersive STEM literacy experience for students and is normally run as a residential program over ten days. In 2021, however, the girls accessed the majority of the content online over a three week period. Amy, Ellie and Genevieve were able to visit the University of Queensland Brisbane campus to tour the facilities, the Integrated Pathology Learning Centre and Ecosciences Precinct at Dutton Park.
The girls benefitted from lectures delivered by internationally renowned scientists and Nobel laureate lecturers including Professor Barry Marshall. In 1984 Professor Marshall was able to prove that H. pylori infections caused peptic ulcers and it is for this body of work that Professor Marshall and Dr Robin Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2005.
Participating in a virtual tour of the Large Hadron Collider based in Switzerland was definitely an eye opening experience for Genevieve, Kari, Amy and Ellie.
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Australian science communicator who is known as an author and as a science commentator on Australian radio and television, was also available via ZOOM to answer any random questions students had about Science. As you can imagine, every opportunity was seized to join this chat.
The girls found the pathways session run by past participants of the Forum most informative. Special interest group sessions were also conducted with Kari and Ellie looking into Sustainability and Environment, Genevieve exploring Biomedical Science and Amy investigating Physics.
Here’s what the girls had to say about their Forum experience:
“The Forum opened my eyes to how important STEM, its foundations and the communication of the Sciences is in life”, said Genevieve.
“While I would have preferred to meet Forum presenters and participants in person, I was impressed with the excellent content delivery online”, said Kari.
“It was reassuring to hear about the multitude of options and career path opportunities available after School” said Ellie.
“If you are in Year 11 and interested in STEM, apply”, said Amy.
Mrs Tracey Kessels
Development Officer - Marketing