Science-savvy pair join nation’s best

Helena College students Brandon Davis and Peggy
Helena College students Brandon Davis and Peggy

Peggy Atkinson and Brandon Davis will fly to Canberra in January for the annual National Youth Science Forum.

The Year 11s are two of only 15 WA students selected to attend the forum, after places were reduced this year due to funding cuts.

More than 400 of Australia’s brightest young science minds will head to the capital for the 12-day intensive course, which gives participants an insight into possible career paths in science.

Peggy and Brandon will meet Nobel prize winners and attend a formal dinner at Government House, as well as visit the Australian Institute of Sport and spend time working in ANU laboratories.

Brandon already knows his career path will include science.

‘It’s a way to solve problems with smart ways of thinking,’ he said.

Over its 30-year history, more than 9000 students have taken part in the NYSF and most have gone on to a career in the science field.

Some of Australia’s peak universities and science bodies such as the CSIRO are represented in the forum.

For Peggy it is a chance to learn from scientists at Australia’s top organisations.

‘I am looking forward to learning about current issues in science and hearing about how they are trying to find solutions,’ she said.

Rotary International is a partner and a major supporter of the event.

Both students have been sponsored by the Swan Districts Rotary Club.