Two BSSC Science students will head to Canberra in January after being selected for 2017’s National Youth Science Forum.

Year 11 students Caitlin Rowlatt and Lennon Logan will join 400 other young Australians for a 12-day immersive science experience.

The NYSF helps students moving into Year 12, who wish to follow careers in science, engineering and technology by introducing them to research and researchers, by encouraging the achievement of excellence in all their undertakings, and by helping to develop their communication and interpersonal skills.

It also fosters discussion of, and interest in major national and global issues and emphasises the importance of maintaining continuing active interests in sport, arts and music.

The NYSF’s mission is to provide community minded and science focused young Australians an opportunity for network development and insight into skills, careers and a lifetime of achievement in science, engineering and technology.

It is now 30 years since the National Science Summer School Inc. began operations with Rotary in Australia as the founding partner. Caitlin and Lennon will be sponsored by Rotary District 9800.

“The NYSF is an amazing opportunity for our young people in central Victoria,” Youth Director Rotary Club of Bendigo Strathdale, Lynne Cooper, said. “Caitlin and Lennon will have the chance to work alongside experts in their respective fields as well as have access to industry and university laboratories that would not otherwise be open to them.

“The twelve days are action packed and past students report that it’s been a life-changing opportunity for them.”