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Jimmy Fan from Balwyn High School introduced the National Youth Science Forum student’s presentations. Jimmy is currently in Year 12 and was our 2015 successful nominee and so he initially thanked the Rotary Club of Canterbury’s members for their financial support and acknowledged the help and assistance from his parents, teachers and sponsors in his attendance at the NYSF in Canberrra.
Jimmy said that his experience and personal development commenced with the application process. Firstly there was the local Club interview, then the District selection interview and finally his 14 day residential participation at the Australian National University (ANU) along with 400 other students from across Australia. He was very enthusiastic about his NYSF involvement and was very positively about the opportunities that were given by participating in the forum.
Jimmy was part of the biology interest group. Students were shown and experienced branches of science and were exposed to potential career opportunities that prior to the forum were unknown by them. They visited many vibrant, innovative private company and medical science laboratories. They saw many specimens and explored or participated in real life science experiments and completed mini ‘hands on’ research. Some of the highlights included forensic science, 3D technology and quantum mechanics.
Most importantly, the take home message for all of them was to pursue their dreams, to try new things, to embrace change and to develop good time management skills. They, as students, are the ‘now’ and should take action and not passively wait for the future to come to them.
Jimmy acknowledged that he was fortunate to be able to participate in the post forum ’Next Step’ follow ups. He has emerged with understanding of the potential pathways for his future studies and career. He feels he has gained life-long friendships with others who attended the forum. They keep in touch through social media, especially Facebook. The knowledge and experience that he personally gained has made him more determined to follow his dreams. At this point, he is considering whether his pathway will be in medical research or in medical practice.
Our Rotary Club of Canterbury’s successful NYSF nominees for 2016 are Grace McKee from Canterbury Girls High School and Sion Hau from Balwyn High School. Grace has an interest in physics and maths and loves learning about the universe and especially astronomy. She hopes to have a future career in research in physics and engineering and has a preference to complete her studies at Monash University. Sion, on the other hand, has an interest in biology as she sees that it is our bodies that are of most interest to her. She is unsure at this time of which branch of science she will follow for her future studies and career.
Both girls thanked the Club members for their sponsorship and acknowledged with great excitement their enthusiasm and expectations for the forum in January 2016, especially after having discussed the activities with Jimmy.
We wish the three students, all the best for the years of studies ahead and encourage them to seize all the opportunities that they are given and above all to follow their dreams. We hope to have the girls return to a Club meeting next year to report on their experiences at the 2016 NYSF.
I hope to see you next Monday when we welcome Mark Read who will talk of his life involving sport, betting and business.