Four College Scientists Join ‘A Collaborative Community Of Exceptional Students'

What links Princethorpe College scientists Ben Scares, Lauren Mason, Caitlin Conmy and Caitlin McBride is their unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Hopefully this fascination for facts will be somewhat satisfied as a result of their successful application to join one of the finest virtual learning communities in the world. All four College pupils have been accepted into The New York Academy of Sciences’ Junior Academy. With only 500 places up for grabs world-wide this bears testament to the strength of their individual applications. Students had to write four mini essays responding to questions about global challenges in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM subjects). 

Year 10's Caitlin McBride explains that she wrote at length about the difficulties facing long term energy storage whereas Year 9's Lauren Mason explored the issue of domestic distribution of food waste. The Academy expects its students to be polymaths and critical thinkers. All four pupils are multiple College Da Vinci award recipients proving their capacity for demonstrating creativity and GRIT through all that they do.

Becoming part of this prestigious world-wide virtual learning community will offer the quartet a designated professional mentor who will support them during their ten week ‘challenge periods.’ These challenges will encourage participants to collaboratively consider innovative solutions to problems such as; Biodiversity, Climate Change and Agriculture through critical thinking and advanced research techniques. The long term hope is that by connecting these young minds they will eventually pursue individual STEM careers. Already both Caitlin and Lauren are focused on working in the fields of engineering and mathematics respectively.

The New York Academy of Science’s Junior Academy will kick start the team’s research methods through their aptly named Launchpad electronic forum this weekend. Exciting times. We’ll look forward to hearing further news about the challenges they are presented with and the solutions they propose.

Image shows; Lauren Mason, Caitlin McBride, Caitlin Conmy and Ben Scares.