In the January school holidays, I attended the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra. The forum is a 12 day program which aims to show future leaders in science the wide variety of study and career options in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. About 400 students from around Australia attended the forum, as well as students from Fiji, Germany, South Africa, and New Zealand.
I had opportunity to tour science labs and take part in some cool activities, such as making slime and using liquid nitrogen. I also attended lectures by esteemed scientists from many different fields. Accommodation was provided at the Australian National University campus where I was able to experience what it was like to be a university student.
This was a fantastic experience that I will never forget. I met so many like-minded people and have made friendships that will last a lifetime, while being able to further my passion for science. If you would like to find out more how you could take part in the program visit nysf.edu.au (Year 11 students need to apply by end of May.)
Julia Edwards, Year 12