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Adam chosen for science forum

Thursday, 9th December, 2010

Adam Armstrong has been chosed to attend the National Youth Science Forum Adam Armstrong has been chosed to attend the National Youth Science Forum

A local school student is one of 20 from across Australia who will be attending the National Youth Science Forum next month.

Broken Hill High School student Adam Armstrong will be travelling to Perth on January 10 where he will spend 12 days undertaking experiments in laboratories and visiting a range of research and industrial facilities.

Adam, who is in year 11, is the 23rd student from BHHS to attend this prestigious event.

The BHHS science head teacher, Bob Dyson, said to have 23 students from one school attend in the past 20 years was quite rare.

The Forum is a partnership between Rotary and many universities and industries. Students from Broken Hill are first interviewed by local Rotary clubs to assess their suitability.

They then proceed to the next level and go to Adelaide for a final series of interviews and tasks after which 20 students are chosen to attend.

Adam was one of five locals to progress to the Adelaide round of the selection process. He was then selected, from 56 participants, to take part in the forum.

During the forum, Adam will meet with practising scientists, participate in debates, visit important sites of scientific endeavour and practice employment interviews.

Adam said he enjoys science and is looking forward to the forum as it will be a new experience for him.

He is undertaking biology in his senior years and also attended the Science and Engineering Challenge in year 9.

Mr Dyson said the forum was a great opportunity for children to get access to universities across Australia.

"It is a good opportunity for kids to experience what it is like to attend universities ... they develop leadership skills," Mr Dyson said.

Rotary Club South is sponsoring Adam to travel to Perth. Greg McMahon, president of Rotary South, said it was a great chance for Adam to experience world class facilities.

Adam thanked both Rotary Clubs for their support, as well as Mr Dyson and Ross Clark for "helping with interviews, giving tips and making the most of this opportunity".

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