Inspiring future scientists


Beautiful minds: Rosebud Secondary College Year 12 students Sean Donoghue and Steven Thein Kha Sie in the laboratory. Picture: Yanni

TWO Rosebud Secondary College students will take part in youth science forums in London and Singapore next month.

Year 12 students Sean Donoghue and Steven Thein Kha Sie are members of the SEAL (Select Entry Accelerated Learning) program, reportedly the only fully accredited accelerated program on the southern peninsula.

The forums run 25 July to 8 August, and are aimed at inspiring “scientists of the future” among students from schools all over the world.

The selection program is highly competitive, with only a handful of applicants being chosen. The Rosebud pair will visit research and scientific establishments and hear from keynote speakers, including Nobel Laureates and Fields Medallists.

They will attend specialist lectures and network with like-minded students from more than 70 countries.

Sean will attend the forum at Cambridge University, as well as various places in Europe, including Geneva where he will visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. His teachers say he excels at physics, specialist mathematics, maths methods and a range of other subjects.

Steven will take part in the forum in Singapore. He will have similar opportunities to hear from experts and visit scientific institutions. As well as his academic interests, Steven is a keen filmmaker. He won the Woodleigh Emerging Filmmaker Award, along with fellow Rosebud student Nicolas Mollica, for The Traveller.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 26 June 2018


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