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TSAA Ambassador - Mr James Sellars

TSAA Ambassador - Mr James Sellars
​“After studying the senior astronomy course in grade 10, the transition into senior Maths B and Physics was not as difficult as I expected and there was a vast difference in how other students were coping with the advancement in content and heavier workload. The subject also enriched my modelling and problem solving skills, especially in physics-related questions, but has been just as useful in understanding other procedures involved in advanced mathematics through an effective extension of all areas of maths as astronomy combines many aspects and actually puts them into practice.
The opportunities that have been presented to those who have taken the Astronomy and Astrophysics subjects have been once in a lifetime experiences. For example, we had the opportunity to take a field trip into outback FNQ and research the optimum location for viewing the total solar eclipse in November 2012 as well as the chance to travel to Charters Towers and be a part of aligning Blackheath and Thornburgh College’s telescope. The courses have also provided the opportunity to work with professional astronomers. We had the pleasure of working with the former Director of Astronomy at JCU Townsville on a number of occasions.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my two years studying the Senior Astronomy and Astrophysics subjects while at Atherton SHS and have certainly reaped the benefits in all of my maths and science subjects. I would recommend the course to anyone with a strong interest in maths and science, especially if they are interested in extending their knowledge and learning advanced maths and science skills.”

James Sellars - Current 4th Year Medical Student, JCU Townsville.