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Neve flies flag for Silver City

Wednesday, 13th July, 2016

Neve Robins will be heading off to the United States to attend Space School. Neve Robins will be heading off to the United States to attend Space School.

By Emily Roberts

Local student Neve Robins has a busy few weeks ahead of her.

After recently coming home from Canberra where she attended a “Curious Minds” camp, Neve will set off for America to be Australia’s female representative at this year’s United Space School.

Curious Minds is a hands-on extension and mentoring program to ignite girls’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Fifty-four girls from around Australia were selected to take part in the camp; based on their national test scores,” Neve said.

“There were two camps; the first camp was in December, there was a six month break and we’ve just had the winter camp.

“We were also part of a mentoring program. We took part in workshop, career talks and we visited Questacon.”

Neve said the program really encouraged her to enter into science, technology, engineering and maths.

“It has ignited my passion and I’ve made loads of friends all over the country. We all became great friends.”

Neve won’t be able to have much of a break though, as she leaves for Space School on Saturday.

Each year the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) and BH High School select one girl from years 9 to 11 as Australia’s ambassador at the school. A boy is also selected from Perth.

They join students from about 20 countries across the globe at the school in Houston, Texas where they participate in activities such as planning a mission to Mars and visiting NASA’s Johnson Space Centre.

Neve is the eighth local student to win a place at the United Space School.

Neve has spent most of the year fundraising to attend the trip.

“It will be a great experience, it will be amazing,” she said.

“I will have a really big couple of weeks and I would like to thank the people who helped with fundraising as well as the UDRH for choosing me and helping me through it.”

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