Caitlin Rowlett attended the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in January expecting her interest in physics to be her main focus.

“NYSF gives you an amazing overview of all the scientific fields,” Caitlin said.  “I’m now thinking of doing neuroscience after hearing about promising new research into Parkinson’s Disease.”

NYSF not only showcases the fantastic possibilities for future STEM careers but also introduces students to eminent experts and provides 12 days of uninterrupted contact with people who share a passion for science.

“There was an amazing atmosphere because all the conversations were about the really big issues in the world,” Caitlin said. “I now have new friends and have networked with uni’s and other scientists.

“I met Prof. Brian Schmidt who has won a Nobel Prize for physics and I realised that he started off just like me: completing school and hoping to work as a scientist one day.

“I definitely recommend this program to any students who have an interest in science or engineering.”

NYSF is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs designed to encourage young people in their passion for science. Its flagship program is the Year 12 Program which runs each January. There is also an NYSF Equity Scholarship designed to assist participants from low socio-economic and/or other disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the NYSF January Sessions.

Each January NYSF participants:

  • visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,
  • go on site tours,
  • listen to lectures,
  • take part in workshops,
  • go to social events, and
  • participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.

What’s not to love about this?

An information session about NYSF will take place on Monday 8 May from 5 to 6 pm at the Discovery Science & Technology Centre next to the Marketplace. Year 11 students and parents are invited. It is most important for students to bring along at least one parent/support adult.

It’s important that interested students are not deterred by costs, as local Rotary clubs will meet most of the expenses for successful students.

If you’re interested in applying please email Cherie Fist: