Murwillumbah Rotary Club's Ian Batten (rear) with Mt St Pats science students Jake Kabbout, Nathan Batham, Chloe Philip and Lachlan Patterson.
Murwillumbah Rotary Club's Ian Batten (rear) with Mt St Pats science students Jake Kabbout, Nathan Batham, Chloe Philip and Lachlan Patterson. Blainey Woodham

Science experiment sees explosion of talent

MT St Patrick College in Murwillumbah seems to have a knack for producing outstanding science students.

Five students from the school have been selected to attend universities throughout the country as part of the National Youth Science Forum, in conjunction with Rotary clubs in the area.

Murwillumbah Rotary's Ian Batten said he was over the moon with the students' selections.

"We cover from the Tweed out to Stanthorpe and down the coast to Grafton and back up to south Brisbane, so for Mt St Pats to fill five out of the 20 positions available is outstanding," he said.

"From a Rotary point of view, we have a great relationship with the school."

All five students said they had clear goals already in their heads and they intended to use the opportunity Rotary had given them to the fullest.

Their plans range from bio-medicine to a double degree in electronic engineering and music production.

Nathan Batham said he had never been pushed into science but just simply loved it.

"I have always been interested in how things work," he said. "I was good at science in junior school which I guess I have just carried on."

It's probably safe to say there is a strong chance we will see and hear more about these budding scientists.



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