Ballarat student to represent school at national science forum

Mt Clear College student Jessica Bruce has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.

When The Courier spoke to Ms Bruce she was on the bus to the two week forum with other regional attendees.

“It’s a really good opportunity to meet a bunch of like-minded people,” Ms Bruce said.

The forum gives Australia’s brightest science students a chance to discuss major scientific issues with some of the country’s premier research teams.

Director of the NYSF Geoff Burchfield said students from all over Australia meet armed with knowledge about their local regions.

“When given the opportunity to get together and discover the diversity that a career in the sciences can offer they soon realise that their nerve and imagination are their only restraints,” Mr Burchfield said.

Ms Bruce said she was looking forward to being able to talk one on one to the scientists.

“We’ll be going to labs, meeting incredible scientists from many different fields,” Ms Bruce said.

“It’s a chance to see what’s really out there. Experience of jobs I’ve never seen before.”

Grandmother Jilly Bruce said she was very proud of her granddaughter, who she has cared for since she was five.

“She started off secondary school and gradually developed an interest in biology and environmental science, and from there she’s gone from pillar to post. Her interest in the sciences has increased,” Mrs Bruce said. 

Mrs Bruce also thanked the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast who have sponsored Jessica’s trip.

For now Jessica is hoping to continue her science studies, learning as much as she can before studying a Bachelor of Science at university after year 12.

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