Shaping the Future: 500 young Australians dive into far off galaxies, fight incurable diseases and everything in between at the NYSF

From January, high school students from across the nation will live and breathe science and technology at the 2024 NYSF Year 12 Program in Canberra and Brisbane.

Organisation/s: National Youth Science Forum

Media release

From: National Youth Science Forum

From January, high school students from across the nation will live and breathe science and technology at the 2024 NYSF Year 12 Program in Canberra and Brisbane. Housed together for 9 days, participants will go behind the scenes and get hands-on at a wide range of different science and technology facilities. They’ll also meet the real people who work in STEM and hear about the many different areas, industries and career pathways they can explore.

Come interview our participants and capture the fun as they explore these cutting-edge facilities. Whether it is delving into space and astrophysics, sustainability and climate, or autonomous transport and robotics, students will be experiencing hands-on activities across a broad range of areas including AI & cyber, engineering, chemistry, environmental science, health & medicine, and physics.

The NYSF Year 12 program is the longest-running and largest residential science and technology experience in Australia. Celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2024, the NYSF has helped connect more than 15,000 Young Australians with their futures since 1984! Each year, the NYSF helps young people, who may not otherwise have the chance, to explore science and technology. In 2024, 45% of participants hail from remote and regional areas of Australia, and 68% are young women or gender diverse.

NYSF CEO, Dr Melanie Bagg GAICD, said, “The NYSF Year 12 Program is often described by participants as life changing. It relieves the pressure as they enter their last year of high school and think about what next by exposing lots of job options they were previously unaware of. The program also gives them a chance to meet others interested in similar areas to them, they forge long-term friendships, networks, and stay in touch for decades. This is particularly valuable for those who don’t have others with similar interests around them and to highlight people with a wide range of abilities pursuing and succeeding in science and technology careers.”

“A diverse array of backgrounds also catalyses more innovative outcomes. By showcasing what working in STEM is really like and actively engaging those who may otherwise be overlooked, NYSF fosters a STEM landscape that reflects the true diversity of Australia,” said Dr Bagg.

Rotary Clubs nationwide play a pivotal role in ensuring students in local communities across the nation are aware of and get the opportunity to benefit from NYSF by providing crucial funding support for families and volunteering.

Financial and strategic support from key partners including the Australian Government through the National Innovation Science Agenda (NISA), our Major Partner Lockheed Martin Australia, and host universities the Australian National University and The University of Queensland, along with other NYSF partners, is vital to the continued success of the organisation and our program delivery.

Media opportunities are available throughout the program with STEM events in Canberra (between 5 – 13 January) and Brisbane (between 12 – 20 January). Our CEO and a range of participants are happy to be interviewed, and we can find students from your local area for stories and photos.

Media highlights in Canberra 5 – 13 January: 

The following are suggested visits for Media to meet our participants. Alternatively, please contact us with an ideal time and we will let you know what’s on the 9-day agenda!

  • Cutting-edge radiation-detection technology! Photo opportunities in a lab setting and a large-scale industrial facility | ANU Department of Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Application.
  • The world’s most advanced AI-driven safety technology. Photo opportunities in an engineering office and factory setting | Seeing Machines.
  • DNA fingerprinting for solving crimes. Photo opportunities in a lab setting | ANU Biology
  • Getting our hands dirty looking at soils, geology, flora, fauna and more! Photo opportunities ‘in the field’ and in the lab | ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society 
  • Building low powered rockets. Photo opportunities building and launching rockets at ANU.
  • Managing food waste with insects. Photo opportunities in an industrial setting. Students will likely have quotes on climate change and how they want to change the world! | Goterra
  • Meet humans and humanoid robots! Photo opportunities in an engineering/robotic laboratory setting | University of Canberra
  • 250 students in one spot! Photo opportunities in a lecture theatre and networking a bustling careers expo and speed-meet with STEM professionals.  Opportunities to interview young people about their visions for their futures | NYSF Careers Day

Media highlights in Brisbane 12 – 20 January:

The following are suggested visits for Media to meet our participants. Alternatively, please contact us with an ideal time and we will let you know what’s on the 9-day agenda!

  • Find your inner fish! Photo opportunities in a laboratory setting with specimens from The University of Queensland’s School of the Environment’s zoological collection | UQ Biology
  • An engineering workshop, including a mock mine with an underground robot! Photo opportunities in a factory setting testing out a robotic simulator | Universal Field Robots
  • The world of quantum is an industry that is revolutionising the way we live, work, and interact with the world around us. Photo opportunities in Quantum Optics laboratories and could include quotes on areas of national priority | UQ Quantum Optics
  • The applications of light produced by organic molecules! Photo opportunities in a lab setting | UQ Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics Lab
  • What skills are needed for a career in one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia?  Photo opportunities in a computer lab and could include quotes on areas of national priority | Griffith Cyber Security
  • 250 students in one spot! Photo opportunities in a lecture theatre and networking a bustling careers expo and speed-meet with STEM professionals.  Opportunities to interview young people about their visions for their futures | NYSF Careers Day

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