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from the senior school (cont'd) in small groups of seven by the scientist who worked there, often PhD Students or Post-Doctorate researchers. This meant that we got to do a lot of one-on-one talking to them about their work, and their paths to working as scientists. Talking to them was inspiring, giving us invaluable insights into the operation of the academic science community, and also learning about the cutting edge of science research in their chosen fields. While on the forum, we also attended seminars and lectures on a wide variety of other topics, including the art of communication and body language workshops. These seminars allowed us to learn and practice practical skills such as public speaking, job applications and interview practice. They were also very informative about subjects including the structure and functioning of universities and their courses. The University Partner’s day was particularly informative, as it involved major universities from around Australia giving us presentations on their courses, campuses and lifestyles, which will be invaluable information for when it comes time to pick preferences and courses after Year 12. The NYSF was an amazing life experience, which was very educational, very inspiring and most of all great fun. I would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to attend as I feel I have gained much from my experience there. I would like to thank those who helped to make the Forum such an enjoyable experience – in particular the staff of the NYSF Office in Canberra, particularly, Mr Geoff Burchfield and Ms Sandra Meek, who put tireless hours of effort into planning the forum; the Neutral Bay Rotary Club for supporting my application and assisting me with fundraising; my Rotary District Chair, Ms Leone Sequeira, Members of the Year 10 Science Excursion at the Parkes Obsevatory. who was a great help to me throughout the application process; the Staff who ran the camp, particularly Mr the boys were highly determined to win the State Finals. James Heydon, my group supervisor; the staff at Burgmann College who hosted us during the forum and the many “It was then, with a sense of trepidation that the group Rotarians who gave up their time to help the forum, both faced their next hurdle: The NSW Finals in Young. Excited in fundraising and in volunteering as both supervisors and by the prospect competing in a State Final, we eagerly hosts during home hospitality.” planned our trip, a circuit that took us from Bradfield Park to the event in Young, with a detour via the world-famous Matthew McEwen (SAC 2011) Parkes Observatory, site of some of the most famous Year 10.1 Science: State Finals moon-landing. Therefore, bright and early, we left Sydney,communications with Apollo 11 (in 1969), during the first of the Annual Science and and settled into the long bus trip, no doubt spurred on by the wonders of the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Only our brief Engineering Competition stop at McDonalds interrupted the relatively efficient journey Oand Engineering Competition. The Competition Telescope.With darkness falling, and stomachs rumbling, weto our first destination: the aforementioned Parkes Radion 6 September, 2011 the Year 10.1 Science classcompeted in the State Finals of the annual Science requires students to work in teams to achieve certain arrived in the small town, Cowra, descending with haste challenges within a given time period. Such challenges on, you guessed it, McDonalds. Suitably nourished with included building an eco-friendly house from basic materials saturated fats and sugar, we returned to our allocated or a satellite dish to send signals or an efficient Mars Rover, rooms, and with the prospect of the State Finals the next as well as, controlling the power output of a mini-district. day.” (Harrison Boudakin Year 10). After winning a riveting regionals competition held at This competition proved to be extremely challenging, Macquarie University in August, where the boys overcame where the boys had to build a prosthetic arm with James Ruse Agricultural High School and Barker College, fingers nimble enough to manipulate fine objects, such St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 42


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