Student to meet astronaut during NZ science trip

ADVENTUROUS: Nowra High School year 10 student Lisa Morgan at work in the school lab ahead of a weeklong trip to New Zealand to focus on all aspects of science.NOWRA High School student Lisa Morgan has been identified as one of the nation’s most promising young scientists and is being given a chance to expand on her knowledge during a fully paid trip to New Zealand.The year 10 student is one of 21 young scientists from around Australia chosen to attend a conference hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science.She flies out today to Dunedin for the conference, during which she will meet award-winning scientists, attend lectures, talk with US astronaut Stephanie Wilson, and even have a chance to release butterflies.Lisa said she was particularly looking forward to visiting a marine centre, as her main interest was in marine biology.Meeting other students also interested in science was an added bonus, said the 15-year-old from Tomerong.She explained her interest in the subject as stemming from, “There are so many different areas you can look at in science.”A strong focus on the outdoors in her home life, and a mother who regularly took the family away camping, also helped generate an interest in the environment, she said.Lisa’s selection for the trip came from her interest in attending a university science lab during the school holidays, and as she was filling in application forms news of the New Zealand trip came through and she decided it was a better option.She was encouraged in the application by the school’s head science teacher Sue Ferguson, who said Lisa was “an intelligent student, a bit of a quiet achiever who goes about schoolwork and extracurricular activities without fanfare, but underneath she is adventurous.“She is so excited to be able to meet a lot of similar minded students and find out about the work that scientists do especially, as she will be selecting her senior subjects next term,” Ms Ferguson said.“At the moment she is busy buying some really warm clothes for Dunedin’s weather.”While the Education Department is meeting most of the costs, Nowra Rotary has covered Lisa’s accommodation in continued sponsorship that has also helped send students to learning labs and the Honeywell Engineering School.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.