Year 11 student Adam Taras of Oakhill College has been selected to attend the elite Australian Science Olympiad Summer School, having achieved a gold medal in the qualifying Physics exam in August in which over 5000 students registered to take part. Australian Science Innovations is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for coordinating the Australian Science Olympiad Competition, including the selection and training of the Australian Science Olympiad team.
Adam will join Australia’s most talented science students at this intensive residential program, working hard to earn a spot representing Australia at the 2017 International Science Olympiads, to be held during July-August 2017. The summer school is held at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra from 5 to 21 January 2017.
“It will be an amazing experience” said Adam “My teachers have been so supportive and have provided me with so many opportunities”.
The students live on the ANU campus and have access to lecturers, tutors, laboratories and support staff to help hone their theoretical and practical science skills. During this rigorous program students learn the equivalent of a first year university course in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, or Physics. Students also have the opportunity to make lasting friendships with like-minded elite students who share their passion for science.
Oakhill College Science Teacher Sandra Woodward said “We want our students to attain academic excellence and develop skills such as working collaboratively, problem solving, and creative and critical thinking. It is skills such as these that will help our students in the future”.
As well as achieving a gold medal and High Distinction in physics, Adam also achieved a bronze medal in Chemistry. Other students who were acknowledged for their excellent performance were and Joshua Wilkinson (Year 10) who achieved a Distinction in Physics, Adam Parslow (Year 11) who achieved a Distinction in Chemistry and a Credit in Physics, and Marco Tupaz (Year 10) who achieved a Credit in Chemistry.
Based on their performance at the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School seventeen students will be selected to represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. It is here that Australia flexes its scientific muscle and competes against 80 countries to win gold, silver or bronze medals.
Executive Director of Australian Science Innovations, Ms Ruth Carr, believes the summer school will challenge the students and extend them like never before. “This program provides a wonderful opportunity for students to immerse themselves in science and share the experience with like-minded peers,” Ms Carr said. “Not only does it provide a wonderful academic experience which can provide great rewards, many students go on to form life long bonds with the friends they make at summer school”.
The Australian Science Olympiad Competition is supported by the Australian Government through the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
29 November 2016