Torbay resident swaps holidays for science
Kaitlyn Nicol, is taking time from her holidays to discover science at university.
The 16-year-old is heading into her final year studying at Long Bay College and is one of 170 students attending the Rotary Summer Science Forum starting January 14.
As part of the annual forum, secondary school students from around the country will attend a fortnight of classes covering everything from engineering and technology to maths and biological science.
Lectures and classes are held at Massey University, the University of Auckland and AUT University and the students live in the university accommodation for the fortnight.
Kaitlyn says the forum appealed to her because she's interested in prosthetics.
"It's the whole engineering and medicine link. How you can really impact someone's life and it's very specific and beneficial to lots of people," she says.
However, she has an open mind and is looking forward to discovering things she isn't aware of now, with help from experts, as well as getting a taste of everything and having a full university experience.
"We'll be staying in the halls of residence for the full two weeks. It will give us a university lifestyle and you'll be mixed with people from all over New Zealand."
The Torbay resident says the only downside to the forum will be trying to squeeze everything into two weeks and not having the time to delve more into interesting topics.
In 2018, she hopes to pursue biomechanical engineering at Auckland University.
Rotary clubs from around New Zealand partially sponsor forum applicants from schools in their areas. In 2016, seven Shore Rotary clubs sent 17 students from nine schools to the forum.