Passion a matter of chemistry

DISSECTING animal organs and creating chemical explosions are what Taylor Johnson and Louis Monaghan like most about science.

It is not surprising, since they are teenaged boys.

But the two students will take their love of science to a new level when they travel to the University of Sydney this year to participate in biology, chemistry and physics workshops.

Taylor and Louis, students at St Joseph's College in Banora Point, were invited to take part in the workshops after they achieved high scores in an exam seeking to find “gifted and talented” students from across NSW, the ACT and Queensland.

Of the students who sat the university's exam last year, those in the top percentage scale were eligible to go to Sydney.

Louis scored 97.1 per cent and Taylor got 94.2 per cent.

“I thought it was really hard,” Taylor said of the one hour exam, which included data interpretation.

And Louis said he “could've spent another hour on it”.

The teens, both 14, enjoy science so much, they are considering career paths in it.

Their favourite classes have included dissecting sheep's brains and cow eyeballs - which Louis says is “gross but really interesting” - and creating chemical reactions.

“I like chemistry and playing with chemicals,” Taylor said.

“And fire is always good,” Louis added.

Louis said he was looking forward to spending time with people as passionate about the subject as he is.

“There is always more to learn and that's what I like about it,” he said.

Gifted and Talented co-ordinator Paul Bush said he was proud of Louis's and Taylor's achievements.

“This will be a good experience to bring like-minded people together and experience higher-order thinking,” he said.

“It will also give them a chance to do the things they don't get to do in basic science.

“It will be a good all-round experience and it's great for their gifts to be recognised.”

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