Career in numbers adds up

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

After attending the National Youth Science Forum Year 12 program in Canberra earlier this year, Busselton student Jamie McGregor has returned with a wealth of knowledge and a new career pathway in mind.

The 12-day program, which ran in three separate sessions at Australian National University in Canberra and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, aimed to show students a variety of engaging study and career options in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Jamie was one of 600 students selected to travel to the forum.

The Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School student said while he was selected to attend as part of the chemistry group, he had since grown a liking for physics. “I went as part of the chemistry group, but we looked at things outside of that discipline, too,” he said. “We got to visit some sites and labs which are usually off limits to the public, including the Deep Space Communications Complex and Geoscience Australia.

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“I liked how there was lots of numbers and maths (in physics) opposed to chemistry, which was fun, but a lot more about mixing chemicals.”

Guest speakers included former West Australian chief scientist professor Lyn Beazley AO and 2011 Nobel prize winner Brian Schmidt.

Jamie encouraged other regional students to apply for the 2019 program.

For more information, contact Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay or visit nysf.edu.au.

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