World ‘first’ for ‘scientists’

CHOSEN: Renny Travis-Birch, left, and Sam Custance are looking forward to attending an International Science School in July. Lecturers will include Australia's famous Dr Carl Kruszelnicki.
CHOSEN: Renny Travis-Birch, left, and Sam Custance are looking forward to attending an International Science School in July. Lecturers will include Australia's famous Dr Carl Kruszelnicki.

Edward John Eyre High School students Renny Travis-Birch and Sam Custance are ready to test their brains at an International Science School in Sydney next month.

I am really going for the experience that we are going to get out of it - listening to Dr Carl speak should be great fun.

Sam Custance, student

Renny, of Year 12, and Sam, of Year 11, are among five students from South Australia who were successful in applying for a scholarship to take part in a two-week course full of lectures from well-known experts including the famous Dr Carl Kruszelnicki.

The lectures will be focused on future energy, including nuclear, solar, wind, and many other areas, with 10 lecturers.

The two students both had to write 500 word applications, which were sent away at the end of March, receiving a response in April to let them know that they were accepted.

A total of 140 students from around the world will be attending the prestige event which is hosted at the Sydney University.

The duo were encouraged by their Teacher Katelyn Wright to apply for the scholarship.

“I thought it would be a great experience to go over to Sydney and learn a whole lot more about science in general,” Sam said. “With my career path of wanting to be a teacher, it is something I can always talk to other students about to get more people involved with it.”

Renny said the event also piqued his interest because it would improve his knowledge of science and could help with his career path.

“I want to go to university to study astrophysics,” he said.

Mrs Wright also attended the event when she was in Year 11.

“I got a lot out of it so when it came up that applications were open again this year, I knew I had students who would benefit from it,” she said. The science school will have a relaxed atmosphere, with no tests or exams to be taken.

“I am really going for the experience that we are going to get out of it - listening to Dr Carl speak should be great fun. I have a few of his books and they are quite funny,” said Sam.

Sam and Renny both said it was a great feeling to be chosen for the science school and they were looking forward to interacting with other students from around the world.