Young scientist jets down under

Sam Welton, a year 12 student  at Robert Smyth Academy, is in Sydney, Australia for two weeks as he has been selected to attend the International Science School (ISS).
Sam Welton, a year 12 student at Robert Smyth Academy, is in Sydney, Australia for two weeks as he has been selected to attend the International Science School (ISS).

A student at Harborough’s Robert Smyth Academy has been honoured with selection to join the prestigious International Science School in Australia for two weeks during the summer holidays.

Year 12 student Sam Welton is jetting out to join the school, which gathers together 140 top science students from eight countries: Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and the UK, for a two-week fully residential programme of talks by world-renowned scientists, laboratory tours and hands-on activities.

The students also get to take part in social events like a Sydney Harbour cruise.

This year the Ogden Trust sponsored 5 five all-expenses paid places for UK students to attend the International Science School.

The Ogden Trust is a charitable organisation committed to supporting physics education in the UK. To find their nominees, they invited applicants to write an essay on the theme of Big Ideas in Physics.

Judith Green, a science teacher at Robert Smyth Academy, said: “Being a hub partnership school with the Ogden Trust we were invited to nominate a student to apply.

“We have many talented science students so it was difficult to pick one out.

“In the end we put three names in a hat and Sam was lucky enough to get our nomination.

“Of course, he then had to write an essay and hope to impress the judges!”

Sam’s essay was called Battery Farming and it discussed the need for battery technology to keep pace with computing power.

Mrs Green added: “I know Sam is a great student and physicist but I was also very impressed with the quality of his writing.

“When we heard that he had won one of the five places I was absolutely delighted.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Sam and I know that he’ll make the most of it.”

For more about the Ogden Trust, visit www.ogdentrust.com/about-us.