Science forum rewarding for Waiuku’s Adam

Adam’s team, from left Philip Anderson, Adam Good, Timothy O’Neill , Cherie Vasta andkey speaker Richard Faull, Director of the Centre for Brain Research.

Adam’s team, from left Philip Anderson, Adam Good, Timothy O’Neill , Cherie Vasta andkey speaker Richard Faull, Director of the Centre for Brain Research.

Adam Good has returned from the Powering Potential forum, held in Wellington last week, and says that the experience was incredibly rewarding.

Adam was selected as one of the 40 brightest secondary school science students from the inaugural forum, which was organised by the Royal Society of New Zealand and supported by Freemasons New Zealand.
The forum brought together New Zealand’s most promising science students to work out how to solve challenging issues facing the country.
Adam’s group was given the question ‘how could we assure a better quality of life for those over 65, who suffer from age related brain disease?’
“It was definitely a hard question, given by the key speaker, Richard Faull, who is a professor and director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland. It was a really challenging, and quite intimidating for sure!” Adam and his group had to research and come up with solutions, which was then presented to the forum on the third day. “While there isn’t a cure yet for the likes of Alzheimer’s, we came up with scenarios and ways to help prevent it from occurring, as well as ideas to help early detection, similar to the breast cancer screening van.”
The team later found out that the ideas that Adam and his group presented were options that scientists were currently trialling.
“It was quite cool to hear our ideas were well received, and that they were investigating further options. It was the presentation part that was incredibly hard, as we only had five minutes and like most scientists, we do tend to waffle on,” laughs Adam. Adam explained that the exposure was an experience money couldn’t buy. “It was great to be in a room full of like minded people and it has certainly expanded my horizons when it comes to my career options. You realise that there is an incredibly broad science community outside of Waiuku and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many interesting people.”
While most students are taking a well deserved break over Christmas, the Waiuku College student has his sights set on his next trip, a voyage on the Spirit of Adventure.

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