New sci­ence for schol­ar­ship win­ners

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Madi­son Clarke and Dong Mei Lim are two lucky For­est View High School sci­ence stu­dents.

The year 12 stu­dents, who are both top­ping their classes, have been se­lected from hun­dreds of stu­dents from through­out the coun­try to at­tend spe­cial sci­ence pro­grammes in Auck­land and Wellington in De­cem­ber this year and in Jan­uary 2017.

Dong Mei will be tak­ing part in the Sci­ence Fo­rum 2017 at Auck­land Univer­sity for two weeks while Madi­son will be spend­ing four days in Wellington vis­it­ing and work­ing in var­i­ous labs as part of the Pow­er­ing Po­ten­tial pro­gramme.

Dong Mei’s stint, which is be­ing fully funded by the Ro­tary Club of Toko­roa, will see her stay­ing in a hos­tel at the univer­sity in or­der to ex­pe­ri­ence univer­sity life as well as ex­plor­ing var­i­ous sciences in labs to see what she comes up with.

She was look­ing for­ward to her stay and meet­ing the other 180 stu­dents who have been se­lected from other schools.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to just ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it, learn­ing all the new sci­ence things, and us­ing re­sources that we don’t have in the class­room,’’ she said.

‘‘There will be 3D print­ing and fun stuff like that as well as chem­istry and physics which we will use labs for. It will be quite flash.’’

She thanked her teacher Ka­mal Nair and the Ro­tary Club of Toko­roa for mak­ing it pos­si­ble for her.

‘‘I was quite sur­prised when I got it but I am happy as I plan to go to univer­sity and it will be a good op­por­tu­nity to see and learn what it’s like,’’ she said.

Madi­son’s trip [De­cem­ber 12-15] is funded by the Royal So­ci­ety of New Zealand and will be at­tended by only 40 other stu­dents.

It will be project based, in­cor­po­rat­ing sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy that en­cour­ages stu­dents to think out­side the square.

‘‘They don’t want to tell us too much about it as they want it to be a sur­prise but it will be about ex­plor­ing new ideas and there will also be some­thing in groups be­cause on the last day there will be a pre­sen­ta­tion,’’ she said.

She plans to study ge­ol­ogy once she fin­ishes school.

‘‘It was cool when I got se­lected, I didn’t want to read it at first as I was too scared,’’ she laughed.

Teacher Ka­mal Nair said of­ten stu­dents ap­ply for such op­por­tu­ni­ties and miss out due to space re­stric­tions so he en­cour­aged them to make the most of it.

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