2024 National Youth Science Forum


As part of our Youth Service, Karrinyup Rotary again sponsored two students to attend the 2024 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). Eddy Giacomel introduced our 2024 students Daniel Stait from Warwick SHS and Purva Patel from Churchlands SHS.

The National Youth Science Forum Year 12 annual program brings together hundreds of Year 12 students from all around Australia, who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Established in 1984, its purpose is to encourage young people in their passion for science. This year the forum was conducted in Canberra and Brisbane.

Daniel attended the program in Canberra, where the students were housed in college accommodation. They visited NASA, Mt Stromlo Observatory, astronomy demonstrations at ANU and radiotherapy units at the hospital, where he was most impressed with a CT scanner. The forum has helped Daniel decide on his future career, which he is now planning in astrophysics.

Purva attended the course in Brisbane. He visited the Queensland Health and Food Sciences Precinct, Queensland Museum, participated in a video conference with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and enjoyed a careers day to familiarise students with leading organisations in STEM. These included Lockheed Martin, CSIRO and CSL. For Purva, this was the highlight of the trip. He confirmed his desire to pursue a career in engineering.

The students each volunteered twenty hours of community service at the Stirling Farmers Market, as a way of giving back to the community. During this time they learned about Rotary and developed a sense of community.

Daniel and Purva expressed their sincere gratitude to the Rotary Club of Karrinyup for funding the amazing NYSF experience, which they would not have otherwise been able to have.

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