Science passion to carry Harry to London

Tumut High School student Harry Bottero, his parents and his sister Clare with Visy Tumut’s Johan Stoltz and Matthew O’Donovan and SVC Mayor James Hayes at the presentation of the $6000.

Tumut High School student Harry Bottero’s passion and knowledge of science, plus some generous sponsorship, will get him to the 2021 London International Youth Science Forum.

The Pratt Foundation recently presented the year 11 student with a $6000 donation to help fund the trip to the forum, to be held in the British capital from July-August next year.

He is grateful and excited to be going.

“It is an awesome opportunity to see how science is progressing,” he said.

His favourite branch of science is physics.

“Physics is awesome,” he said.

“Learning physics enables you to understand the world around you, how things work, and feeds your curiosity about all things around you.”

Harry’s love for science began when he selected it as a subject in year 8.

It grew and grew, and last year, as part of a group of Australia’s brightest STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) students, he went to the ANSTO Big Ideas Forum, in Lucas Heights in Sydney, where he and the other students learned about the latest scientific innovations and were able to share their own with some of ANSTO’s researchers.

He also did work experience at the ANU Physics Department last year.

“Various ventures like that deepened my understanding and encouraged my sense of curiosity to discover more about science,” he said.

He sat for the VALID science test (similar to NAPLAN) and finished equal fourth of about 28,000 students.

Harry believes his interest in science will not be a fleeting thing.

“I’d like to think I can turn it into a career,” he said.

He hopes that attending the 2021 London International Youth Science Forum will further cement his ability to get into university, where he wants to study for a Bachelor of Advanced Science in Physics and Maths.

He is hoping to go into industry, developing technology for the future.

He pays tribute to his science teachers at Tumut High.

“They are good teachers and I enjoy learning with them,” he said.

His parents are naturally happy about his passion for science and the trip to London.

“They think it is a wonderful opportunity go further develop my knowledge and lust for knowledge,” he said.

Next year’s forum will include lectures from leading scientists, including a Nobel Prize winner, seminars, debates and discussions on current scientific topics of world concern, trips to university departments such as Oxford and Cambridge, and some time for the odd bit of sight-seeing.