Kāpiti College student picked for international science school

 

Sofie Claridge. Photo / Rosalie Willis
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Sofie Claridge from Kāpiti College has been selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi to go to a Summer Research School (SRS) in southern Bulgaria.

School for ‘high achieving’ teenagers

SRS is a summer research school for high-achieving teenagers with a strong interest in the fields of mathematics, informatics and ICT.

Sofie and a student from Palmerston North will focus on a personal research topic, coming from challenging fields such as combinatorics, number theory, computing, modelling and others.

‘Advanced scientific problems’

The programme includes lectures on advanced scientific problems and modern technologies, meetings with industry representatives and different academic institutions, soft-skills training and discussions on important issues such as ethics in science and responsible research and innovation.

Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive at Royal Society Te Apārangi says: “Not only is this a great opportunity for talented young New Zealanders to interact with experts at the top of their fields in maths and informatics, but it is also an occasion for students to meet other like-minded students from Europe and to share their cultural differences.”

Also selected is John Cole from Palmerston North Boys High School.

Both students will be supported financially to attend SRS by the Talented School Students Travel Award managed by the Society and funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Business and Employment.

Sofie and John head off to Bulgaria in late July.

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