Otago Girls' High School pupil Bokyong Mun will work with some of Finland's top scientists at the 2014 Millennium Youth Camp in Helsinki later this year. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Although Bokyong Mun is not confident she will come up with
an alternative to satisfy the world's dependence on fossil
fuels, she says it will be fun trying.
The 17-year-old Otago Girls' High School pupil is one of two
New Zealanders and 60 secondary school pupils selected to
investigate possible substitutes during a science camp in
Helsinki, Finland, in June this year.
''Realistically, we're not likely to find a solution, but it
will be really interesting finding out more about it,'' she
The week-long Millennium Youth Camp will be hosted by the
Technology Academy Finland, where young pupils interested in
natural sciences, mathematics and technology will be
introduced to Finnish companies and higher educational
They will have an opportunity to work with Finnish experts
and top-level researchers.
''I'm pretty excited. I definitely wasn't expecting to be
She was one of more than 1400 pupils to apply for a place at
the camp and one of only 200 selected to go on to the next
''We had to do a project in the second round. Mine was about
using biomass rather than fossil fuels.''
The camp is not her first international science event. Last
year, Bokyong was selected to attend Youth Anzaas, in
Tasmania, allowing her to participate in behind-the-scenes
tours, lectures with leading scientists, hands-on research
and cutting-edge technology.
She was also Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark's shadow in
Youth Parliament last year.
''I love science because it empowers people to harness or
manipulate knowledge to improve life for people all around
''I like the humanities/politics side of sciences.''