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Barker Student Selected for World Science Olympiads

Richard Clezy_Joshua Lee
Seventeen of Australia’s best student biologists, chemists, physicists and Earth scientists have made the teams to represent Australia at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads in July and August. They will compete in the world’s toughest science competitions against some of the smartest kids in the world.

Year 12 Barker student, Joshua Lee, is one of the 17 talented young science students selected. Joshua will compete at the International Earth Science Olympiad from 22 to 29 August in Côte d’Azur, France.

Joshua received his Australian Team blazer at a team announcement ceremony at Parliament House Canberra on 19 June with Senator The Hon Arthur Sinodinos, parents, teachers, academics, Olympiad alumni and officials.

The Year 11 and 12 students selected to compete this year represent 12 schools from NSW, VIC, QLD and the ACT. They have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They outperformed 5,015 other students from more than 300 schools in the qualifying exams, making a shortlist of 93 to attend a two-week summer school at the Australian National University in preparation for the Olympiads.

The students will test their skills against the world’s best in competitions taking place in England (Biology), Thailand (Chemistry), France (Earth Science) and Indonesia (Physics).

“The Australian Science Olympiads program is future-proofing Australia’s pipeline of problem-solvers, innovators and game changers. It captures the attention of high-achieving students at a critical stage, exposing them to advanced learning at an international level. For most, it marks the beginning of a successful future in STEM,” says Professor Ian Chubb, former Chief Scientist and Patron of Australian Science Innovations.