Stu­dents to be men­tored in sciences

Stratford Press - - News -

Four tal­ented Taranaki stu­dents are off to Welling­ton next week for some high-level sci­en­tific learn­ing.

The four stu­dents, Faith Araba and Yani Re­moto from Haw­era High School and Tas­min van Ber­gen and Bre­anna Cam­den from New Ply­mouth Girls’ High School, have been se­lected to be part of a group of se­nior sec­ondary school stu­dents tasked to find an­swers to chal­leng­ing ques­tions posed by sci­en­tists at an event called Pow­er­ing Po­ten­tial.

Or­gan­ised by Royal So­ci­ety Te Apa¯ rangi in part­ner­ship with Freema­sons New Zealand, Pow­er­ing Po­ten­tial brings many of New Zealand’s most promis­ing science stu­dents to­gether from all over New Zealand to work along­side a sci­en­tist or PhD stu­dent, who will act as their men­tor over three days. The stu­dents work in teams of five on a ques­tion sub­mit­ted by their men­tor. The stu­dents will then re­search, in­ves­ti­gate and col­lab­o­rate to pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions.

To be se­lected for Pow­er­ing Po­ten­tial, each stu­dent was re­quired to sub­mit an in-depth ap­pli­ca­tion and video, which fo­cused on their own science strengths or how they have con­tributed to an area of science in their school or com­mu­nity. The stu­dents have been se­lected as they are se­ri­ous about go­ing on to study science at a ter­tiary level and have demon­strated a pas­sion for science.

All costs for the stu­dents, in­clud­ing flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, are cov­ered by Royal So­ci­ety Te Apa¯ rangi, Freema­sons New Zealand and Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment.

Faith Araba is one of the four Taranaki stu­dents se­lected for a science-based chal­lenge in Welling­ton next week.

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