By Anne Matthews, Public Relations Director, Bribie Rotary


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Science is not just a “boy” thing! Many girls excel in this area. The Rotary Club of Bribie Island has two candidates attending the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) next year – both are female. Alexis Thomas from Bribie Island State High School and Lara Thompson from Caboolture High School. Both were interviewed by an autonomous District Panel and were selected to attend the forum in January 2019. Lara and Alexis have excelled as many candidates, nominated by surrounding Rotary Clubs, were not successful.

Featured Image(above): Alexis Thomas, Lara Thompson and Charlotte Scott

Rotary is a partner of The National Youth Science Forum – a not for profit organisation. NYSF hold 12-day residential programs designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. The $3,150 cost for the program is shared 50/50 by the Rotary Club of Bribie Island and the student’s family.

Each year only 600 students from around Australia are selected to attend NYSF. Participants take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures. Last year, the Rotary Club of Bribie Island sent Charlotte Scott from St Columbans College to NYSF in Canberra.

Charlotte was so outstanding she was chosen to represent Australia at the International Youth Science Forum which was held in London from 25 July to 8 August 2018. Recently, these three exceptional young women attended our Club meeting and told our members about their dreams and ambitions. Charlotte gave an informative presentation on her London Forum. Each student thanked our Club for the opportunity provided to them. Bribie Rotary is proud to support these three young women and wish them every success in their future careers.

As our President said, with all the doom and gloom in the news, it was just so refreshing to hear these student talk about a positive future. Applications for NYSF 2020, will open next February and close at the end of May 2019. If you are interested in attending the Forum please contact me on 0409 244 005. C’mon boys! For more information on NYSF see: https://www.nysf.edu.au/

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