Selected for science, tech forum for high achievers

King’s High School year 12 pupil Narayan Shastri polishes his chemistry skills in preparation for...
King’s High School year 12 pupil Narayan Shastri polishes his chemistry skills in preparation for the 32nd Rotary National Science and Technology Forum in Auckland. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Narayan Shastri finished his last NCEA exam yesterday, but his hard-working brain will have to wait another few weeks before it can have a well-earned break.

The 17-year-old King’s High School pupil has been selected to attend the 32nd Rotary National Science and Technology Forum in Auckland early next month, so he is continuing to study in preparation for the event.

The forum is a programme aimed at 168 of New Zealand’s high-achieving, well-rounded year 12 science, maths and technology pupils who will return to year 13 and are planning to study science or technology subjects at tertiary level.

The forum fosters academic leadership by providing opportunities for pupils to attend lectures and activities during a two-week programme at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Massey University.

Pupils will also visit science and technology organisations in the city.

In the past, pupils have also visited the offices of organisations such as Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Rex Bionics, Living Cell Technologies, Air New Zealand and Beca Ltd.

Details of the 2021 visits are not yet available.

While Narayan is an outstanding pupil in mathematics and science, he said technology was his focus at present.

"Like most 17-year-olds, my ideas about a future career change on a weekly basis. But at the moment, I’d like to work in software technology.

"I’m looking forward to learning some new things at the forum. There’s going to be a few things there with technology and software - computery stuff.

"I’m also quite excited about learning more about sciencey stuff as well."

Most of all, he was looking forward to mingling with like-minded pupils.

"I’m pretty stoked, to be honest. I’m genuinely excited."

If the Covid pandemic abates, two of the selected applicants who attend the forum will have an opportunity to win a place at the London International Youth Science Forum, held in July each year.


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