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Millennium Youth CampMYC Profiles - Apr 15, 2013

Team Renewable Natural Resources 2013

“I hope to be able to learn about renewable resources and bring the knowledge back to Singapore with me“, says Jaslyn Chan from Singapore. Other members in Renewable Natural Resources team come from: Argentina, Italy, Romania, Thailand, and South Africa.

Before 2013 Millennium Youth Camp, the Team Renewable Natural Resources will familiarize themselves with and discuss online the possibilities of biorefineries based on the waste streams of their own countries, and how biomass could be utilized.

During the camp in June, they will choose the material and products for their own biorifenery and study the processes involved.

Here are the members of the group:

Maria Ghincea, Romania
“Mathematics is my passion and it has been fascinating me with its complexity since I was a little child. I consider it to be the link between reality and our logical thinking, something that exists in every single thing, giving it a sense, a role,” says 17-year-old Maria Ghincea from Bucharest, Romania. She studies at “Saint Sava” National College, a high school focused on higher level mathematics, physics and chemistry.

“Discovering and analyzing modern problems regarding both politics and technology is my second passion. I always intend to apply science and critical thinking to everything that’s new and interesting. Although it seems that politics and applied science are two separate subjects, I consider that they have the same basis: creativity, innovation and challenge,” Maria adds.

She has not yet figured out what to study after high school and hopes that MY Camp, and working with people from different backgrounds and interacting with scientists from high-tech areas will provide her with some answers.

“I dream of working in a challenging environment that stimulates me and in which I could use and improve my actual knowledge towards applied science or international business,” she says.

Angel Agustín Santarossa, Argentina

17-year-old Angel Agustín Santarossa is from La Pampa province in Argentina, where he attends to public high school, Escuela Normal Mixta Provincia de San Luis.

After high school Angel plans to study Physics at University. “I love physics because it is a way to understand and see the beauty of the nature. Patterns are wonderful things that show how the world works. They are everywhere waiting to be discovered,” Angel explains.

“Aspect that I like the most in science is the way knowledge is built. Science is a community and scientists around the world research, and carry out experiments to create knowledge,” he adds.

From MY Camp, Angel expects sharing opinions with people from different countries and cultures. “In my opinion, it is a way to open my mind to the world.”

Jaslyn Chan, Singapore

17-year-old Jaslyn Chan is from Singapore, where she goes to Victoria Junior College. After graduating she plans on pursuing university studies overseas. Engineering and a science-related career interest her because she would like to take part in making the world a better place to live in.

“Science interests me the most when it explains the way things work, why certain phenomena happen and how it has helped improve the world we live in, making life more comfortable for us. I am especially interested in learning new things and applying them to real-life contexts to help me understand the mysterious world we inhabit,” Jaslyn says.

In addition to science, Jaslyn is passionate about music and enjoys singing and listening to it. “My favourite genres of music are Broadway and an occasional opera.”

During MY Camp she expects to get amazing experiences and new friends from all over the world. “In addition, I hope to be able to learn about renewable resources and bring the knowledge back to Singapore with me.”

Francesco Carloni, Italy

18-year-old Francesco Carloni is from Ancona, a city by the Adriatic cost of Italy where he attends a science-oriented high school.

“I like science in general, especially topics related to energy and renewable resources. I’m interested in knowing how new discoveries can change the future,” Francesco says. After high school he plans on deepening that knowledge on university-level but has not yet made up his mind about the subject.

Apart from science, Francesco loves sports and swims six times a week. He is looking forward having a good time and meeting new people during MY Camp. “And also to increase my interest in science and improve my English,” he adds.

Sorcha Daniels, South Africa

“I really enjoy physics as gravity really interests me and it is understandable,” says 17-year-old Sorcha Daniels when asked what aspect of science interests her the most. Sorcha is from South Africa and attends to Herschel Girls School in Cape Town.

After graduating, her plan is to study Mechanical Engineering and pursue a career related to renewable natural resources. From MY Camp she expects to learn new things, meet new people and experience a different way of living.

Nut Kittipongphat, Thailand

18-year-old Nut Kittipongphat from Thailand has recently graduated from science-specialized Mahidol Wittayanusorn School from which talented youth have been selected to MY Camp also in previous year. Next semester, Nut will continue his studies at Faculty of Medicine of Mahidol University.

“I am interested in science because it can be used to solve many real-life problems that occur with human and nature,” Nut says.

From MY Camp, he expects sharing different points of view with young people from around the word and learning from the experts they will meet during the camp.

“This is the first time for me to join an international camp and go to Europe. I am really happy to get to know all you guys and looking forward to seeing you in June,” Nut sends greetings to his fellow campers.

The main organisers of Millennium Youth Camp are Finland’s Science Education Centre LUMA and Technology Academy Finland.

MyScience will introduce each of the 10 theme groups during the spring, and like during previous years offer news, photos, and videos from the Camp in June.

Elisa Lautala works as web editor for University of Helsinki's Faculty of Science. Elisa likes all kinds of cultural events, good books, warm weather, and aqua-jogging.