Science stars shine

Saturday, 12th August, 2017

Rotary President Ross Clark, student Neve Robins, relieving principal Ross Mackay and student Lily Chapman. PICTURE: Kara de Groot Rotary President Ross Clark, student Neve Robins, relieving principal Ross Mackay and student Lily Chapman. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

Two of Broken Hill’s brightest have been selected for the National Youth Science Forum held in January next year.

Year 11 students Neve Robins and Lily Chapman from Broken Hill High School will be joining close to 300 students from across Australia at the Australian National University towards the end of January for the two week program.

“We had to get through the Broken Hill stage first, we had interviews with Rotary and then we were selected to go to Adelaide where we had to give a speech and had another two interviews that included general questions and science questions,” Neve said.

“Then we had a group activity where we were scored on how well we worked as a team, and we did well,” she said.

“We’ll be staying on campus at ANU and we’ll have some social activities as well as learning.”

Lily and Neve will spend the two weeks learning about different science careers and doing different experiments, as well as meeting and speaking with some of the top Australian scientists.

Lily said she was looking forward to meeting people her age who are also interested in STEM subjects.

“I’m really excited to be around young people my age who are interested in the same things I’m interested in, so we’ll get to have an in depth discussion about things we don’t always get to talk about in school,” Lily said.

Both girls are interested in medicine, although they’re looking at different specialisations within the field.

Neve is starting to focus more on chemistry, and Lily said she was interested in forensics.

“I’ve always been really interested in medicine but after seeing lots of different careers I’ve taken an interest in the use of science in forensics and the effect accidents have on bodies,” she said.

The two will have an introductory session in Adelaide in the upcoming months, as well as a lunch with the SA Governor General before they head off in January.