Student article by Cordelia Lees

Cordelia Lees
Year 8, Mooroopna Secondary College
Commentary

On the 8th of October the students of MSC were going to the Parliament house to interview the possible recipients of the 2013 Victoria Prize for science and innovation. We were put into groups of 3 to interview 4 scientists. These scientists specialised in everything from physics, to geology. We had 10 minutes to interview each scientist with 3 minutes in between the change of scientists.

As the scientists moved to each table questions arose like ‘What college did you go to’ or ‘Who inspired you to help the people in this way’. The shrill of excited and nervous voices filled the room air where the prizes were to be presented later that evening. At the beginning the students and the scientists were equally nervous. As soon as the interview was underway though, the students and scientists both relaxed. As the questions were asked both the students and the scientists learnt something new.

Post afternoon tea, the students went back to the room where the interviews had begun and had ended. We all sat on the ground as the winners were rewarded with prizes of not only money and a certificate, but also trips over seas to visit centres that specialised in that area in science. Before we went home, the students had tea while mingling with the scientists. When it was time to go home, we all said our goodbyes and left. All you could here on the way back was the small chitter chatter of exhausted students.

This was a good opportunity not only for the students, but also for the scientists too.

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