Darwin High School Year 11 student, Senuri Pinto, has been selected to attend the 2017 National Youth Science Forum and the National Mathematics Summer School, both of which are held at the Australian National University, Canberra.
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a 12-day residential programme that aims to provide a wide variety of study and career options for students entering Year 12 who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students are exposed to cutting edge research and development. They have discussions with researchers and practitioners and learn what it means to work in STEM fields. Through visits to laboratories in tertiary settings, students learn about the variety of ways that STEM is used in practice, and the range of careers that STEM study can lead to in the future.
The National Mathematics Summer School is a two-week residential school held each January at the Australian National University. The program is for mathematically gifted and talented senior high school students. Students participate in a series of lecture courses from mathematicians in a number of branches of mathematics at an advanced level. Students focus on Number Theory, exploring modulo arithmetic, primes, Diophantine equations, rings and fields. Students also attend tutorials to work on mathematical problems with the guidance of postgraduate students, mathematics teachers and academic mathematicians. Feedback from past students has been that they are amazed at how much they accomplish in just two weeks and that the program enhanced their view of their own potential in advanced mathematics.