Wollumbin student James Cormick is off to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.
Wollumbin student James Cormick is off to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra. Blainey Woodham

Brainy student a science whiz

WOLLUMBIN High School Year 11 student James Cormick has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January next year.

James was chosen by Murwillumbah Central Rotary to be the club's nominated student who, with the help from Rotary, would travel to Canberra to find out more about university study and his chosen scientific field.

James was selected from a field of 40 hopefuls who attended Bond University earlier this year to address their peers and Rotarians to talk about their favourite science subject.

From the 40 starters, 18 aspiring scientist were selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum and James made the grade with his talk about nano-technology.

As part of the forum students will visit a range of research and industry facilities.

Depending on their stated area of interest, they might also attend some of Canberra's famous educational institutions including the Australian National University, Australian Defence Force Academy, CSIRO and Australian Institute of Sport.

"It's been pretty hard to get through and I just hope it will be beneficial to my future career," James said.

Apart from visits to universities and other educational facilities, the young scientists will visit Parliament House, participate in mock job interviews and even have a night on the town when they'll be allowed to let their hair down at a local disco.

The students' visit will be wrapped up with a forum debate and debriefing followed by a concert and closing ceremony at Government House.



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