Date: 14 February 2023
Katrice Kampitan 13Kzn and Kaydence Ngutu 13To were awarded Rotary National Science and Technology Forum Scholarships last year.
Katrice and Kaydence attended the forum which was hosted by Rotary International New Zealand with the University of Auckland, AUT and Massey University, in Auckland in January.
The aim of the forum is “to grow more Science graduates for New Zealand”. Students attend lectures hosted by the Universities and discover the wide range of science, mathematics and technology courses available to study and are introduced to the many and varied career options available to Science and Technology graduates.
Katrice and Kaydence had a fabulous time and we would like to particularly thank our local Maungakiekie Rotary branch for their support of our students.
Their report shows just how much they enjoyed the experience.
On Jan 7th, Katrice and I attended the 33rd National Rotary Science and Technology Forum.
The forum was a 2 week program that involved fifteen 3 hour lectures that explored the different learning pathways within the Science and Technology fields. This is the first scholarship camp I’ve ever been to and to be honest I was very nervous about how it will all turn out. Being away from my family, living together in a foreign building with 168 students from schools all over New Zealand, and learning to adapt to the university lifestyle, was what made me nervous for the forum. But during those two weeks I was able to express and enjoy myself, learn an abundance of new skills, meet a lot of inspiring people, and explore many career paths that I haven’t heard of or knew much of. The lectures that Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, and University of Auckland had provided was very engaging and informative for all of us students to learn and experience from. Other than the lectures we were also able to engage in a range of technical visits. During these technical visits I had the opportunity to be one of the first groups of forum students to explore and interview a New Zealand electronic manufacturing company called, StretchSense. This was such an exciting hands-on opportunity to experience StretchSense hand motion capture gloves and virtual reality, and get to witness how these inventions will be beneficial for bioengineering and eventually be more accessible for the wider public to use. Alongside the technical visits, we also had our team colours volleyball competition. This was one of my highlights of the forum as we got to do fun and creative skits and chants during the games, and I was also able to connect and work closely with my fellow blue team mates. The forum was truly a memorable experience that I will never forget, and I am grateful for Dr K’s, Ms Carr’s and our local Rotary club’s support that they had given us for us to embark on this journey. The two weeks I spent at the forum were truly unforgettable and I recommend for our year 12’s this year to sign up and be able to experience the forum for themselves.
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