A bit of sci­ence in school hol­i­days

Wanneroo Times - - News -

FOR many teens, school hol­i­days filled with sci­ence might not seem ap­peal­ing – un­less you are a teen like Caleb McKenna.

The Year 11 War­wick Se­nior High School stu­dent was one of 140 from nine coun­tries se­lected to at­tend the Pro­fes­sor Harry Mes­sel In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence School (ISS) at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney dur­ing the two-week break.

Caleb, who stud­ies top level maths, physics and chem­istry, said he was proud to be one of only five West Aus­tralians cho­sen.

The year 11 and 12 stu­dents at­tended in­spir­ing talks by lead­ing re­searchers, in­clud­ing tele­vi­sion and ra­dio sci­ence guru Karl Kruszel­nicki, tours of sci­en­tific labs and got their hands dirty on a range of ex­per­i­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Caleb said he en­joyed get­ting a feel for univer­sity life, at­tend­ing lec­tures and tu­to­ri­als.

He said he hoped to pur­sue a ca­reer in sci­ence and that the ISS would help him de­cide which area he wanted to study.

The Made­ley res­i­dent was the third War­wick SHS stu­dent to at­tend ISS. Leah Maxwell at­tended in 1985 and Ni­cole Mauger in 1989.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Caleb McKenna at work in the lab. d470901

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