GREAT EXPERIENCE: Annabel Waugh and Alex Day from Tannum Sands State High, Kaitlyn Read from Toolooa State High and Joshua Liaw of Tannum in front of Chem World at QUT’s The Cube.
GREAT EXPERIENCE: Annabel Waugh and Alex Day from Tannum Sands State High, Kaitlyn Read from Toolooa State High and Joshua Liaw of Tannum in front of Chem World at QUT’s The Cube. Contributed

Gladstone's best young minds attend uni camp

THREE Tannum Sands State High School students were among those who ditched watching TV and hanging around the house over the school holidays to attend an exclusive Queensland University of Technology Vice-Chancellor's camp in Brisbane.

Joshua Liaw, 17, Alex Day, 15, and Annabel Waugh, 15, were accepted to be part of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics camp, which ran from September 29 to October 3.

Kaitlyn Read, from Toolooa State High, also attended.

About 180 high-achieving Year 11 students from across Queensland got a taste of the disciplines by engaging in a hands-on intensive exploration of a project in their chosen area.

There were 114 students who came from regional areas, with four from the Gladstone region.

To apply, students had to write a statement of purpose, and have obtained a very high achievement (VHA) in at least one of a science, mathematics B or C, engineering technology or computer science subject.

Tannum Sands State High school captain Joshua said it was a fantastic experience he would never forget.

"The QUT camp provided all sorts of networking, friends, leadership and science experiences and I would definitely recommend anyone and everyone to have a go next year," he said.

Joshua investigated in the various biochemical processes employed at the Mackay Pilot Plant, before carrying out laboratory experiments to create biofuels.

Joshua, who is also involved in the National Youth Science Forum for 2015, believed science was a passion he wouldn't stop exploring.

"For me, science is the essence of what defines us as humans; curious about everything that surrounds us, and to develop methods to answer the questions we have about the world," he said.



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