13 June 2018
A Rotorua student selected to meet Novel Laureates at an Asia Science Camp in Indonesia wants to “immerse” himself in all things science.
Jason, a Year 13 student from Western Heights High School, has been selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi to attend the Asia Science Camp (ASC) in Manado, Indonesia. He will join four other students and one teacher who have also been selected by the Society to attend.
The Royal Society is an independent not-for-profit organisation that supports all New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge.
In a statement, it said that the idea of the Asia Science Camp (ASC) was first discussed in 2005 after the Lindau Science Meeting by Professor YuanTseh Lee, the 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and Professor Masatoshi Koshiba, the 2002 Nobel Laureate in Physics.
This year ASC is organised by the Surya Institute with strong support from the regional government of North Sulawesi. It is the 12th of the series, following successful camps at Taipei (2007), Bali, Indonesia (2008), Tsukuba, Japan (2009), Mumbai, India (2010), Daejeon, South Korea (2011), Jerusalem, Israel (2012), Tsukuba again (2013), Singapore (2014), Bangkok, Thailand (2015), Bangalore, India (2016), and Kampar, Malaysia (2017).
During the six-day camp, taking place 3–9 August this year, Nobel Laureates and world class researchers will share their science experience through plenary sessions, round table discussions and student master classes, which will encourage deeper thinking about science and scientific knowledge among delegates. Participants will also get a taste of Asian culture with visits to iconic sites and insights into local culture.
The Society received many applications from students wishing to attend ASC and the selection panel were impressed with the standard of applicants.
Jason is the head prefect at Western Heights High School and is actively involved in numerous school and community groups such as Amnesty International, Interact Club and Students Against Dangerous Driving, as well as volunteering at Trade Aid and the Salvation Army in Rotorua. Jason tutors students in maths and sciences, and also serves in the Multicultural Rotorua Executive Committee. He says:
“You don't become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, then doing it so hard that you become great in the process. Right now, I just want the opportunity to immerse myself in all things science, to become blissfully lost in the world of creativity and knowledge, and ultimately develop myself as a future scientist, taking a step closer to my goal of making a positive contribution to the advancement of New Zealand's scientific research.”
Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive at Royal Society Te Apārangi, says: “Not only is this a great opportunity for talented young New Zealanders to interact with experts at the top of their fields in science, but it is also an occasion for students to meet other like-minded students from around the world and to share their cultural differences.”
Seventy per cent of the travel and registration costs are funded by the Talented School Students Travel Award, managed by Royal Society Te Apārangi and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.