Churchlands SHS duo share big ideas at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation forum

Churchlands SHS duo share big ideas at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation forum

TWO Churchlands Senior High School students shared their big ideas at a national forum.

Year 10 students Elsa Raju and Layla Clarke were among 21 students from across Australia who travelled to Sydney for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) Big Ideas forum in November.

They attended with their science teacher Grant Pusey and posed the idea of using dark energy as a new power source or spacecraft propulsion system.

Rod Dowler from ANSTO’s Discovery Centre said the forum was a rare experience for students, allowing them to view advanced science infrastructure and do hands-on activities with researchers.

“Their fresh ideas and how they see the world is terrific, and it is exciting to see what they come up with,” he said.

“To be selected for the forum, students’ were asked to submit videos explaining the ‘big idea’ they wanted to see science solve in the future.

“They looked closely at the different ways in which science, technology, engineering and mathematics are put into practice, to find answers to all types of questions – including their own.”

During the four-day forum they discussed their ideas with scientists and worked on possible solutions, which they presented to their peers.

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