Jordan Rogers winner of UNESCO award. Photo; Andrew Perryman.

GIRTON Grammar School student Jordan Rogers is one of 17 young science students selected to represent Australia at the 2019 UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads in biology, chemistry, physics and earth science.

Jordan will compete at the Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad in Korea from August 26 to September 3, and was this week presented with his Australian team blazer at an official ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.

Girton Grammar headmaster Matthew Maruff said Jordan had spent a year undertaking examinations and intensive training to be selected to represent Australia.

“Jordan has already participated in the elite Australian Science Olympiad Summer School held at the Australian National University in January, and now, he will take to the world stage,” Mr Maruff said.

“Previous Girton students have competed in the International Science Olympiads and received silver medals, so we have high hopes for Jordan.”

The International Science Olympiads are the world’s toughest science competitions for secondary school students.

More than 6000 students from 321 schools participated in the qualifying examinations, with 93  students short-listed and invited to a two-week summer school at the Australian National University, from which, the 17 Australian representatives were selected.

“Schools have an important part to play in nurturing a love of science in young people, and we are thrilled that Jordan has this opportunity to challenge himself,” Mr Maruff said.

“Programs like the Science Olympiads provide students with the chance to visit and use world-class research facilities, to meet leading scientists and to be with like-minded peers.”

Mr Maruff said Australia needs to invest in scientific research, and it should be a major exporter for this country.

“It is up to schools to nurture the next generation of technical experts, and I am very pleased that every year we have many graduates who go on to study tertiary level STEM courses.”