Two local year 11 students preparing to attend next year’s National Youth Science Forum have stressed the importance of education programs for those in regional areas.
Esperance Senior High School students Arabella and Brydie-Rose are two of 600 attendees from around the country heading to the annual event, which aims to encourage young people in their ‘passion for science’.
Following a lengthy application process and an interview in Perth, the pair said they were excited to receive confirmation of acceptance.
“We had our interview and then they told us we’d find out within a few weeks and it was almost at the two week mark and it was so nerve-wracking so, when I did find out, I was so excited,” Arabella said.
‘We had orientation and stuff and it really renewed the excitement, just meeting everyone and everything.”
Brydie-Rose stressed the importance of the event, especially for those living in regional areas.
“I feel like kids in regional areas don’t get the opportunity to do things outside of school, like extracurricular activities to help us with our future, because we’re so far away from everything,” she said.
“Kids in Perth get to do things all the time but kids in remote areas don’t get those opportunities.”
Arabella echoed Brydie-Rose’s comments, citing networking opportunities for regional students as one of the many benefits of attending.
“We’re obviously going for the science activities but we’re also going to meet a lot of like minded people and, if we network and maintain contact with them, we’ll have some contacts when we go to university so we’re not so alone,” Arabella said.
“For a lot of people out here, they don’t really realise they can do those things, sometimes it’s not really offered [in regional areas] and I think it’s a really important thing to promote.
“I didn’t realise before this, there are lots of events like this for students in Australia, so many different programs you can do.”
With year 12 approaching and decisions about university looming, Arabella said she believed the trip would her find a career path she would like to pursue.
Brydie-Rose said she would also love a job in the science field but remained undecided about what to study at university.
“I thought this would be a good opportunity to see what avenues you can take if you do end up studying science and I’m hoping it will help me decide,” she said.
Arabella, who applied after the class was visited by two past attendees, said the school was very supportive of the pair attending.
“Our Chemistry teacher was really excited for us,” she said.
“We told him that we had applied and then we told him that we got in and he made the whole class clap for us so it was pretty funny.”
Arabella and Brydie-Rose thanked the community’s Rotary Clubs for their ‘generous’ support and financial assistance.