Girls step up for Olympiad
TWO Year 12 Perth Modern School students will represent Australia in the International Science Olympiads next month.
Known as the Olympic Games for science students, the competition will be held in Denmark, Brazil, India and Azerbaijan.
Hyerin Park and Hui Min Tay were selected for the International Chemistry Olympiad and were the only WA students to make the national team.
Australian Science Innovations executive director Lillian Lesueur said this year was the first time in the event’s history science-savvy girls would make up half the Australian team.
“It is unusual and we’re just delighted that nearly 50 per cent of the team members are girls in this merit-based competition,” Ms Lesueur said.
“We now have more prominent female role models who are really excelling in science and it’s made girls realise there are viable career paths for them.”
Hyerin (16) said she was planning a career as a medical researcher or doctor.
“I like the feeling you get when you’re going through a problem and you get that eureka moment, which I really enjoy,” she said.
Hui Min (17) said she was initially more interested in the humanities when she was in primary school, but was inspired by a chemistry teacher in high school.
“It started in Year 8 when our teacher asked us to keep journal entries about subatomic configurations and I found it really fascinating,” she said.
Perth Modern School principal Lois Joll said the school community would be cheering on Hui Min and Hyerin.
“The girls have worked hard to achieve this fantastic opportunity and we have no doubt they will do the school and Australia proud,” Ms Joll said.
Hyerin Park and Hui Min Tay get ready for the Chemistry Olympiad.