Five days of intense nanoscience
"I'm really interested in science"AMELIA RITCHIE
Two New Plymouth students have been chosen to attend an exclusive "nanocamp" science programme in January.
Teague Harvey, from New Plymouth Boys' High, and Sarah Messenger, from Spotswood College, received the news last week that they are two of 15 secondary school students from around the country who have been accepted.
The nanocamp is held every year by the MacDiarmid Institute, the scientific research institute based at Victoria University.
Students' flights, accommodation and meals are covered so they can enjoy five days of hands-on learning about nanotechnology and nanoscience with the institute's top scientists.
Nanotechnology involves the science and study of technology at a molecular level.
Both the 16-year-olds already have a firm interest in science, and wish to carry on with it in the future. "I think it's an amazing opportunity," said Sarah, who is hoping to gain more knowledge in nanotechnology and an idea of which area of science she wishes to delve into.
"I'm really interested in science, and I want to have a career in science," she said.
Physics, chemistry and biology are her strong subjects, and the love of science runs in her blood.
Her brother is interested in nanotechnology and their mum Catherine worked at the Institute of Virology in England.
Teague says his favourite subjects are physics and chemistry.
He is looking forward to "a greater understanding of the scientific field of nanotechnology", and says he wants to learn more about the application of nanoscience.
"It's used in things people don't even know about," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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