Summer Holiday Science Forum for Knox Scientist


Year 11 Knox boarder, Benjamin So has been selected to participate in the prestigious National Youth Science Forum to be held in the summer school holidays at the University of Western Australia.

“National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a twelve day residential program for Australia’s best and brightest science students. It is a prestigious event and selection is very competitive involving numerous interviews with members of Rotary International who sponsor students to attend the Forum,” said Mr Andrew Weeding, Head of Science at Knox Grammar School.

One of the most important elements of the NYSF is the program of visits to research and industry facilities. Established by CSIRO, ANU and Rotary this program exposes students to a range of leaders in various fields, ranging from physics, mathematics and computing, chemistry, biomedicine, animal and plant biology, earth and environmental sciences, and engineering. The aim is to inform, inspire, and challenge students to consider what working in different fields is really like. Students have a unique opportunity to talk with dozens of practicing scientists and engineers about their work with the added advantage of seeing the work situation.

Benjamin says he applied for NYSF “because it will be a great opportunity to learn more about science and how universities work.” Further, he says “there was a lot to learn from just applying to the NYSF, such as writing a letter of application and going to interviews.”

Benjamin likes the technological aspects of science; what new technologies have lead to new understandings and new concepts. This, as well as his interest in engineering and medicine sees him leaning towards a degree in biomedical engineering.

“Attending NYSF will definitely help me clarify some ideas about university and degrees,” said Benjamin.

Mr Weeding also added, “Benjamin has a genuine passion for science and this opportunity will help set him up to pursue a career in science.”