Tim’s Brazil adventure
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.
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.