Tim’s Brazil ad­ven­ture

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By WENDY HUNT

MANS­FIELD Sec­ondary Col­lege school cap­tain Tim Hume re­turned from Brazil last week, with yet another ac­co­lade in his cho­sen field of science.

Tim rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the UNESCO-sanc­tioned In­ter­na­tional Earth Science Olympiad held in Pocos de Cal­dos, Brazil, and was one of three Aus­tralian stu­dents who came home with medals, putting them in the top ech­e­lon of earth and en­vi­ron­men­tal science stu­dents in the world.

A gold medal was won by Zoe Thompson from Syd­ney’s Red­lands School and sil­ver by Tim and Sacha Mann from Gir­ton Gram­mar School, Bendigo.

The sil­ver awards put Sacha and Tim in the top 30 per cent of earth science stu­dents in the world.

The Aus­tralian stu­dents in­di­vid­u­ally sat gru­elling prac­ti­cal and the­ory ex­ams, span­ning all ar­eas of earth sciences, in­clud­ing ge­ol­ogy, geo­physics, me­te­o­rol­ogy, oceanog­ra­phy, as­tron­omy and en­vi­ron­men­tal science.

It is the tough­est com­pe­ti­tion of its kind in the world for sec­ondary school stu­dents.

Tim was one of 17 high achiev­ing sec­ondary stu­dents who rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at four dif­fer­ent venues.

As well as Earth Sciences in Brazil, Azer­bai­jan hosted Chem­istry, Den­mark Bi­ol­ogy and In­dia Physics.

On his re­turn, Tim was happy to talk about his ex­pe­ri­ences be­fore knuck­ling down for his next chal­lenge, fi­nal ex­ams at the end of his VCE year.

“Be­fore the Olympiad be­gan, we had four days in the town to re­lax,” Tim ex­plained.

“Pocos de Cal­dos i s about the size of Al­bury and our ho­tel was in the mid­dle of town.

“We had a chance to ex­plore the city and meet the peo­ple, who were re­ally friendly and help­ful.

“There were also two fes­ti­vals on dur­ing the week­ends we were there, and we were able to get in­volved in the at­mos­phere - it was great,” he said.

Then it was down to busi­ness.

Tim found the ex­pe­ri­ence more in­tense than the Can­berra Sum­mer School he at­tended ear­lier in the year.

“We were in­volved in an in­ter­na­tional field in­ves­ti­ga­tion that makes this Olympiad unique,” Tim said.

“I was part of a t eam that in­cluded stu­dents from France, Por­tu­gal, In­dia, Thai­land and Italy.”

De­spite the fre­netic pace of the work in­volved, Tim rel­ished meet­ing fel­low stu­dents from all over the world and loved the col­lab­o­ra­tive na­ture of the pro­gram.

“Hav­ing met so many great peo­ple, I would love to go over­seas and catch up with them in the fu­ture,” Tim said. But first, more study. Tim will com­plete his VCE soon, and then hopes to do a Bach­e­lor of Phi­los­o­phy in science - this elite course will then lead him on to a Doc­tor­ate.

He is not fin­ished with these science com­pe­ti­tions, though, hav­ing been in­vited to next year’s Can­berra Sum­mer School as a men­tor for other stu­dents.

Mans­field looks for­ward to fol­low­ing the fu­ture Dr Hume’s ca­reer as it de­vel­ops.

PHOTO: Cour­tesy Tim Hume

A PROUD MO­MENT: Tim Hume, from Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege, car­ries the Aus­tralian flag into the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Earth Science Olympiad, watched by fel­low stu­dents.

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