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Indigenous students embark on elite science camp

By Katie Weiss

Year 12 student Delaney Ishiguchi is excited to share her camp experiences with friends back home Year 12 student Delaney Ishiguchi is excited to share her camp experiences with friends back home

Two Indigenous high school students have secured a Charles Darwin University scholarship to attend this year’s Asian Science Camp in Singapore.

Northern Territory student Delaney Ishiguchi and Canberra student Tyler Jones will join more than 200 talented students from Australia and overseas on the camp at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

The students will attend lectures and round-table discussions with five Nobel Laureates and also high-profile scientists on the six-day program.

St John’s Catholic College Year 12 student Delaney said there were too few senior school Indigenous students studying science.

“(Science) is so important for solving many of our health and environmental issues,” Delaney said.

She said she planned to share her camp experiences with her boarding school peers in Darwin, as well as her hometown community in Derby, Western Australia.

This is the second year CDU has partnered with Australian Science Innovations (ASI) to support two Indigenous students to attend the camp.

ASI Acting Executive Director Tracey Byrne said the CDU scholarships encouraged Indigenous participation in a world-class forum.

ASI was responsible for coordinating the selection of the Australian delegation to the Asian Science Camp.

The eighth Asian Science Camp will be held at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University from August 24 to 29.

The Asian Science Camp is the brainchild of Nobel Laureates Professor Yuan-Tseh Lee and Professor Masatoshi Koshiba.