Year 12 St Ursula’s College Toowoomba student Sarah Lindley joined approximately 200 students from all over Australia at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Canberra over the summer.

For Sarah Lindley, the highlight of her holidays had nothing to do with the beach it was her study of water-based micro vertebrates that excited her the most.

During the Science Forum, she attended lectures, performed experiments and visited science focused businesses and attractions.

NYSF programs have been operating since 1984 and are all about engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options in science and technology.

For Sarah, who is planning a future in engineering, highlights of the program included meeting professionals in the field and receiving career advice first hand.

“The programs were focused on our age group and our needs,” she said. “The organisers arranged for us to be able to have conversations with people working in science based industries and to find out about career paths.”

Sarah is hoping to keep in touch with the new friends she has made from all over Australia.

“Spending time with other Year 12s who are all into science was amazing,” she said.

  “It’s a very different social environment compared to school and you come away feeling really motivated.

The NYSF is 100 per cent worthwhile and I can thoroughly recommend it for anyone going into Year 12 science,” she said.

Since it began more than 30 years ago, the NYSF has registered more than 110,000 students.

Each student is sponsored by a Rotary Club which contributes to the cost of attending the forum.

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