Four BSSC Science students will have the Scientific experience of their young lives when they attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in January.

Khatima Qorbani, Bevan Matsacos, Mia Crimmins and Lauren White will take part in the 10-day program 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 NYSF experience includes visits to science and technology related laboratories and facilities, lectures by leaders in their fields, extensive workshops, social events and activities that improve communication and presentation skills.

BSSC students are sponsored by the combined Rotary Clubs of Bendigo. The selection process takes around six months and involves applications and a number of interviews.

“Only a few hundred students from around Australia are selected for this life-changing opportunity,” Rotary Youth Director, Lynne Cooper, said. “Our role in Rotary is to provide the information and enthusiasm to the students and their parents before they apply.

“We encourage them to put forward their very best application and be informed about the opportunities the program can offer.

“While this year’s NYSF will be predominantly online, it will still be an incredible career and personal ‘boost’ for the students.”