Over the summer break, Year 13 students Ella Bowerman, Issy Lawrence and Mikayla Robson spent two weeks at the 32nd Rotary National Science and Technology Forum at Auckland University. It involved 174 students from around the country, enjoying the opportunity to experience university life and learning all things Science.
The students lived in one of University of Auckland’s Halls Of Residence and attended Science and Technology related modules and lectures at AUT, Massey University and at Auckland University. The modules included Biomedical Science, Molecular Biology, Psychology, and Engineering and allowed the girls to learn from University Professors and professionals in those fields. It was great to hear from Dr Michelle Dickinson, an Engineer and founder of Nanogirl (a programme designed to help get girls involved in STEM).
The Forum also included a Volleyball competition that everyone took part in, and the chance to visit businesses and facilities such as TVNZ, NZ Forensics, Watercare, and Auckland Medical School.
Mikayla’s favourite part of the Forum was the Microbiology and Neuroscience modules, which she found fascinating. Ella liked the Chemistry and Psychology modules and also had great fun visiting TVNZ. Issy enjoyed dissecting a sheep heart and lungs in Biomedical Science and learning about Forensic Science at her chosen NZ Police and ESR tech visits.
At the Forum’s formal dinner and awards night, Mikayla received one of six Team Champion awards for demonstrating excellent leadership and inclusivity across the entirety of the forum.
All three students had an amazing time exploring different Science and Technology pathways, experiencing university life and making new, lifelong friends who live throughout New Zealand.
Content provided by Ella Bowerman, Issy Lawrence and Mikayla Robson.