SCIENTIFIC EYE: Lydia Ford sees her future in environmental science. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
SCIENTIFIC EYE: Lydia Ford sees her future in environmental science. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Uni environment ideal for teen scientist

A YOUNG Kingaroy student has had her wish granted thanks to the ConocoPhillips Science Experience.

Lydia Ford, a keen Year 9 environmental science enthusiast has received a helping hand from the Kingaroy Rotary Club, sending her on a three day trip to James Cook University in Townsville. 

"James Cook is based on environment, that's the reason I chose them," Lydia said.

Introduced to environmental science at the age of 12, her interest in the subject excelled, fuelled by her passion for wildlife.

"I've always been in the environmental club, I was the boss of it in primary school," she said.

A Greenpeace advocate and lover of animals, she fills her time eyeing out the natural wildlife that shares her garden she helps tend.

Extremely excited about her trip to the northern Queensland, she will be doubling her educational trip with a family holiday, visiting the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef.

A long-time dream of Lydia's, she has always wanted to visit the reef - making James Cook University her ideal university due to its proximity to the former natural wonder.

Her father, Jason Ford has encouraged her every step of the way, buying her a microscope when she was young to further her inquisitive mind.

"(Her passion for the environment) just comes from her love of animals and being around the environment," Mr Ford said.

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