Last night we were privileged to hear from Huiyen Siaw whom the club sponsored to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).
What a fabulous presentation from a scientist of the future. SDRC is proud to have sponsored Huiyen and look forward to reading about her achievements in the science journals in years to come.
Here is the text of Huiyen's speech to the club.
Hi everyone, my name is Huiyen and today, I am speaking about my experience at the National Youth Science Forum. The National Youth Science Forum, or NYSF is a non-profit organisation that runs a number of science outreach activities. It’s flagship Year 12 Program runs in January each year. The program runs for 12 days, where participants stay on campus at the host university and gain significant insights into the variety of study and career opportunities available across science, technology, engineering and maths (or STEM) fields.
This year, NYSF had 3 different sessions, two in Canberra and the first ever session held in Brisbane. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to attend the Brisbane session staying at the University of Queensland. When thinking of how I should present my experience to the rotary club, I decided that instead of showing you the hundreds of photos I took during the program, I made a short 4 minute video, documenting some of the activities I did during my time at NYSF.
The camp was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life. Throughout the 12 days in Brisbane, I got the chance meet, connect and make meaningful bonds with so many like minded peers which I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do so otherwise. I can now say that I have friends across all of the states in Australia.
I was exposed to such a variety of STEM topics, from an physicist talking about the physics behind jewellery making along with combing STEM with art to a palaeontologist talking about how he discovered 21 different species of dinosaur footprints in WA. I went from visiting an Algae farm; learning about how different types of algae could help in acting as a supplement of protein and a replacement for fossil fuels to visiting a quantum dynamics lab learning about the fundamentals of quantum physics and how photons could help in improving our encryption systems.
However, not everything was just about STEM, we also had evening activities like learning how to swing dance and dressing up in costumed for our science themed disco. During the science dinner, apart from just getting a one on one to talk to professionals working in STEM fields, I also got the opportunity to listen to a speech made the 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, on how his research on the regenerating capabilities of olfactory stem cells helped a paraplegic Polish man to walk again.
The NYSF experience was truly once in a lifetime and I want to thank the Rotary Club of Southern Districts, for funding and supporting me to go to NYSF. I also want to say a special thank you to Nancy for being so accommodating throughout the whole NYSF process. I hope that after hearing my presentation, the club will continue to support future students to go to this amazing program.