Going for gold at Science Olympiad
Greater Shepparton Secondary College student Matthew Hanns has been selected to participate in the Junior Science Olympiad Spring School this year.
The high achiever has been part of the Junior Science Olympiad training squad since last year.
He now joins 24 other students across Australia in the training program preparing for the International Junior Science Olympiad in December.
The virtual course will provide advanced learning for the students across the sciences, including biology, chemistry and physics.
“I’m still not rather sure on the details yet, but I’m sure more will be revealed when it comes closer to the actual competition,” Matthew said.
“There’s some practical work, there is some problem-solving science work, and there will be some exam-type work.”
Matthew said he had already begun preparing for the week-long program, and that he was looking forward to taking part.
“There’ll be preliminary work from now until the start of the program,” he said.
At 14, Matthew skipped Year 9 and moved directly to Year 10 this year, where he is also studying two Year 11 subjects.
GSSC science co-ordinator Sarah Beattie said Matthew was a proactive and impressive student.
“He’s proactive in approaching me to get enrolled in things like the Science Olympiad,” she said.
“He always comes to me first and says ‘hey, this is coming up, can I be a part of it?’”
Matthew is not entirely sure where his love of science comes from but said his father, a physics teacher, had encouraged him to participate in many extracurricular competitions and training.
“I think it’s mostly because I wasn’t quite feeling as applied as I could be,” he said.
“I just kind of wanted to try doing something else, and it was interesting, I was enjoying it.”
At the end of the Spring School, six students will be selected to compete in the International Junior Science Olympiad in December.