Scientific trip to Canberra

THANKS to an interest in physics, chemistry and biology, Rhys Eagle will join 300 other students in January at the 2013 National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.

A year 11 student at Margaret River Senior High School, Rhys will visit Canberra on January 7-19, including Burgmann College of the Australian National University.

“It’s an opportunity to see what science careers are out there,” Rhys said.

Rhys first heard of the opportunity when his teacher gave out brochures.

After applying, he was interviewed by the Margaret River Rotary Club and given sponsorship, accepted at district level and attended another formal interview.

“Three days later I found out I got through,” he said.

There will be about 30 students from WA among the group, taking part in laboratory visits according to the students’ interests, hearing lectures, visiting the Research School of Physics, and meeting like-minded students.

They will also take part in mock job interviews and public speaking to sharpen their career skills.

With a brother studying neuro-science at university, and his own love of physics and learning how things work, Rhys is keen for a career in a challenging field.

He is thinking of studying biomedical engineering, a field which involves creating bionic limbs.

After the trip, Rhys will be expected to visit school science classes and other Rotary clubs to speak about the forum and promote it to others.

It will be his first visit to Canberra, and he is greatly looking forward to it.

“I’m very happy, very excited to be selected,” he said.

SCIENTIFICALLY MINDED: Pictured above with a Van De Graaff electrostatic generator that demonstrates electricity, Rhys Eagle will put his aptitude for science to good use in Canberra at a national forum.

SCIENTIFICALLY MINDED: Pictured above with a Van De Graaff electrostatic generator that demonstrates electricity, Rhys Eagle will put his aptitude for science to good use in Canberra at a national forum.