Kim unleashes her science potential

Seventeen year old Kim Fowler has her eyes on science.

In December 2017, Kim spent four days at Powering Potential in Wellington.

Kim, who graduated from ACG Strathallan last year was one of the 40 students selected. She has an interest in science and art, and is involved in GirlGuiding NZ and is chairperson of the Papakura Youth Council.

The event, which was run by the Royal Society, brings together secondary school students from all over the country, who are passionate about science. “The programme gets them to think about problems facing science, research the problems and suggest solutions to them,” Kim said.

“Our question was how our physical and social environment affects our childhood vulnerability to infectious diseases in New Zealand,” she said. “We focused on rheumatic fever, meningococcal and whooping cough, and suggested more healthy housing initiatives, secondhand smoking education campaigns and compulsory vaccination to address the over-representation of these diseases in New Zealand.”

The groups were helped along with a mentor, Kim’s was Dr Donia Macartney-Coxson from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR). Dr Macartney-Coxson is a senior scientist leading a research project in the area of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

For Kim the experience was one that ignited her passion for science. “The event was an awesome opportunity to make lasting connections with like-minded science students from all over the country, and to network with professional scientists. This was definitely the highlight for me.”

In February, she will be pursuing her passion by studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Canterbury.

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