Ipswich Grammar student Harrison Evans recently attended the National Youth Science forum in Perth.
Ipswich Grammar student Harrison Evans recently attended the National Youth Science forum in Perth. Sarah Harvey

Science trip straight to heart

HE may only be 16, but Harrison Evans' deep-seated desire to uncover the mysteries of science has led him all the way to Perth.

The Ipswich Grammar School Year 12 student was among an elite 450 senior students who were chosen to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January.

The Karana Downs resident attended the forum after making it through an intensive selection process which included interviews with Rotarians on a local and district level.

He was among 29 selected to attend from his district, which includes parts of south-east Queensland and Papua New Guinea.

The 16-year-old said he had always known he wanted to go into science; he just didn't know which field.

“It is about trying to find the unknown and solve the issues affecting everybody,” Harrison said.

As part of the science forum he visited the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the School of Surgery at the University of Western Australia where forum participants had the opportunity to get into scrubs and practice keyhole surgery on a dummy.

While he said the forum had posed more questions than it had answered, it had helped him hone in on what subjects he was interested in at school and university.

The 16-year-old said he was now considering pursuing something in the area of bio-chemistry.

IGS head of science John Martin said Harrison was the fourth student from the school to attend the forum, which offers students the opportunity to test-drive careers in science, engineering and related disciplines.

“The story has always been the same,” he said.

“They have come back enthusiastic about different career pathways and the opportunities ahead of them.”



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