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National Youth Science Forum

National Youth Science Forum

Author: Gay Ellyett
Author Role: Coordinator: Exceptional Scientists' Program

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a competitive annual residential program to inspire Australia’s young scientists. Recently, five CHAC Year 11 students were selected to attend the forum in Canberra in January 2020. They are Annelies Alcorn, Emma Cooney, Ryan King, Chris O’Brien, and me.

The application process commenced in March. Students were pre-vetted and endorsed by local Rotary clubs, then submitted formal applications outlining their goals, interests and achievements in STEM. Next, interviews (group and individual) were held at Fairholme, Toowoomba on 18 August. We were overjoyed to learn we had not only won a place individually, but would also share the experience with fellow CHAC students.

Staying on campus at ANU (Australian National University), we will spend ten days exploring the diverse study and career options in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The program includes workshops, laboratory and site visits, lectures, networking, and social events. We are very excited to gain this invaluable experience which was made available by Mrs Ellyett and the Exceptional Scientists’ Program.

In a report by the Centre for International Economics, scientific advances over the past 20 to 30 years have contributed to 26 percent of Australian economic activity. By nurturing the talents and interests of students, and supporting the cross-pollination of ideas, CHAC promotes STEM growth that we hope will fruit and blossom to benefit us all.

Anna Coldham-Fussell, Year 11