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Keagan Returns Energised by the 2019 NYSF

 
​Keagan Flynn
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Over the Christmas holidays I had the great pleasure of attending an event that students from Ayr High have attended for 20 years. This event, which defied expectations in every conceivable way, had me pleasantly surprised and excited to get up every morning. The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) was so much more than a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) camp. I met people my age who shared my passion for science, in particular engineering and physics. I was able to talk to renowned scientists, such as Dr Megan Clarke AC, who is the Director and founder of the Australian Space Agency. I had the chance to ask a question to a member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) while he was standing behind one part of the enormous Large Hadron Collider. However, it wasn’t just the lectures and STEM visits that I will always remember, it is the people and down time. Such as the science disco which saw us run around a Canberra shopping centre trying to get matching group outfits.  Well...that was until we got asked to leave for singing ‘Country Road’ too loudly. It was the great discussions at the dinner table which ranged from how to make the best cup of tea to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and how you could make 4D chess if you moved the pieces faster than light. Therefore, this opportunity was not just to attend lectures, it was to interact, mingle and develop friendships and networks which will last a lifetime. I encourage all Year 11 students to apply this year and to experience this truly once in a life time experience.
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Last reviewed 12 November 2019
Last updated 12 November 2019