Year 11 student Ellie Pearce is buzzing since attending the National Youth Science Forum over the holidays and has her sights firmly set on a star-studded career.
Ellie was nominated to attend the program by our Head of Science and competed against 90 students across the Rotary District to gain one of only 30 available places.
She spent 12 days in Canberra and stayed at the Australian National University along with 200 students from across Australia, Germany and Singapore. This was Ellie's favourite part of the experience, just being around other students that were all as deeply excited about Science as she is.
Ellie attended lectures, participated in hands-on workshops and visited laboratories including the Mongolo Observatory and the Nasser Deep Space Communication complex. One standout address was from Liesl Folks (pictured centre with Ellie on the right and Amali Harper from Wagga Wagga on the left) an Australian Nuclear Physicist who works in the United States and is a strong activist in encouraging women to be involved in Science.
The program has opened Ellie's eyes to many tertiary course options that she had not previously known about. She plans to further indulge her love of Mathematics and Physics by studying Astronautical Engineering, the design and construction of instruments that operate outside of the earth's atmosphere, when she completes Year 12.
We have no doubt that Ellie's passion for Science and dedication to her studies will see her achieve her goals.