The same sort of mindset is needed for the upcoming International Chemistry Olympiad to be held in Russia in July, for which CBC student Ben Anandappa has been selected for the national team.
The competition will pit Australia’s best chemistry students against the elite from 80 countries, completing both a practical and theory exam and fighting for the traditional gold, silver and bronze medals.
To be selected in the national team, Ben had to sit the National Chemistry Qualifying Exam in August, followed by the Chemistry Olympiad Summer School in January, where he placed in the top four and won his place.
‘I’m really excited and nervous; I know it’s going to be very hard, having looked at the preparatory problems, but I always look forward to a chance to extend myself and represent my country,’ he said.
‘I’m hoping the experience will be a great opportunity to meet like-minded students from around the world.
‘It’s important to give students an opportunity to extend themselves beyond high school chemistry and represent their country in a similar way that athletes do because it gives students something to aspire to.’