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7/3/2018 — Education, Science and Technology
GNS highlights science careers

A total of 120 students and teachers from high schools in the Hutt Valley got a first-hand look at science careers last week at the annual student science day at GNS Science’s National Isotope Centre at Gracefield.

There were presentations from 10 early career scientists plus a tour of the laboratories and a range of hands-on activities.

Topics showcased included nanotechnology, ice core research, forensic science, finding fossils, earthquakes, and radiocarbon dating.

Now in its seventh year, the event introduces a range of careers to Year 12 and 13 students who might be thinking about studying science at tertiary level.

Organiser and isotope chemist Karyne Rogers of GNS Science said 11 Hutt Valley high schools attended this year’s showcase.

“The event gives students insights and scientific experiences that are seldom available in schools,” Dr Rogers said.

“We’ve assembled a wide range of early career scientists who will share their stories about the pathways they have taken to be in their current jobs.”

“We like to think that a good way to judge the success of our programme is when we welcome back these students into science jobs in a few years’ time when they complete their studies.”

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Air quality scientist Bill Trompetter explains the numerous applications of the ion beam facilities at the National Isotope Centre.