6th March 2016
It was a fun packed and stimulating two weeks for 4 Takapuna Grammar School students who were selected and generously sponsored by Devonport Rotary to attend the 28th Rotary National Science and Technology Forum in January.
160 students from New Zealand and Australia spent two weeks living in University Hall, Auckland University’s largest hall of residence where early morning sessions in the gym, volleyball, running and aerobics energised them for the day’s planned activities.
This was not just about being stuck in a lab all day but also included an eclectic mix of lectures including the conventional Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths along with more unusual topics such as 3D printing, Computer Aided Design, Food Science, Geological Science, Robotics, and Sports Science. Evenings were reserved for visits to high-tech organisations and seminars from high profile scientists.
In addition to the full-on learning programme, there was plenty of relaxation time to take part in team building activities such as high energy volleyball competitions but also the opportunity to begin to form lifelong networks with like-minded students from different backgrounds.