Rotary National Youth Science and Technology Forum
Every year Rotary Clubs throughout NZ invite young students with more than a passing interest in the sciences to attend the “Rotary National Youth Science and Technology Forum”. Many clubs sponsor a student each year in whole or in part.
The Forum is held in Auckland in January each year. The programme is for outstanding all-round science, maths and technology students in Year 12 who will be returning to Year 13 and are planning to study the sciences or technology at tertiary level.
During the two weeks of the Forum, attendees take part in a variety of modules, lectures, work place visits, meetings, quizzes and social time. These can include chemistry, robotics, biomedical science and biological engineering. This latter subject is all about fusing knowledge of maths, engineering and biology to better understand how the body works and develop solutions to healthcare problems based on that understanding.
Many students come away from the Forum secure in the knowledge that the future of Science is in good hands. One student sponsored by Plimmerton said, “The future leaders of Science are good people who want to do the best they can for those around them. I feel so much more motivated than I ever thought was possible.”
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