Young whiz to head east

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Carly Laden

A lo­cal science whiz has been given the op­por­tu­nity to broaden his hori­zons in the world of STEM ahead of his Year 12 stud­ies.

Broome Se­nior High School stu­dent David Scorer was se­lected to travel to Can­berra to take part in the 2019 Na­tional Youth Science Fo­rum in Jan­uary.

The 16-year-old, the sole re­gional stu­dent cho­sen, said he was very ex­cited to travel east.

“I couldn’t be­lieve I was se­lected, es­pe­cially since ev­ery­one else that’s go­ing is from Perth,” he said.

“I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in science so to be able to go to a na­tional fo­rum like this is pretty ex­cit­ing for me.”

De­spite the fo­rum hav­ing a fo­cus on STEM, David said it was his his­tory teacher who urged him to ap­ply for the pro­gram.

“My friends and I were sit­ting in class and my teacher came up to us ask­ing why we haven’t ap­plied,” he said. “I thought it seemed like a cool thing to do so I talked to my par­ents about it, thought about it to my­self and then just ap­plied.”

The 2019 Na­tional Youth Science Fo­rum is a 12-day res­i­den­tial pro­gram de­signed to give Year 12 stu­dents a broader un­der­stand­ing of the di­verse study and ca­reer op­tions avail­able in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics.

Dur­ing the pro­gram, stu­dents will visit science and tech­nol­ogy lab­o­ra­to­ries, go on site tours, lis­ten to lec­tures, and take part in work­shops.

Af­ter David found out he had been se­lected, he trav­elled to Perth to meet State Gover­nor Kim Bea­z­ley, which he said was an “awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“It was a very for­mal meet­ing at Govern­ment House,” he said.

“We got to have a tour around the House and Mr Bea­z­ley was such a nice guy to talk to.

“He was very en­cour­ag­ing to­wards all of us and gave us a lot of ad­vice.”

To raise money for his trip, the Broome Rotary Club and RedFM de­cided to help David out by hold­ing a Bare­foot Bowls fundraiser on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30, where they raised more than $1000.

David said he was touched by the sup­port he had re­ceived from the Broome com­mu­nity.

“It feels weird to know all these peo­ple are get­ting be­hind me and help­ing me out,” he said.

“De­spite that, the sup­port has been awe­some.”

When he re­turns from Can­berra, David said he would def­i­nitely try to en­cour­age younger stu­dents to con­sider ap­ply­ing for the pro­gram and think about ca­reers in the STEM field.

“I think there is not enough in­for­ma­tion out there about the wide va­ri­ety of op­tions in STEM sub­jects,” he said.

“A lot of the time other kids tend to think science and maths are re­ally bor­ing.

“But I want to help show them that science and maths can be cool.”

Pic­ture: Carly Laden

David Scorer is off to the 2019 Na­tional Youth Science Fo­rum in Can­berra in Jan­uary.

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