Surf's up for science
STUDENTS from Kepnock High School and nine feeder schools were treated to a scientific morning with not just any scientist but Bundaberg's own Ruben Meerman.
Known as the Surfing Scientist Mr Meerman surged through Bundaberg with a calling to share his love for science with students - visiting a number of schools across the region.
Originally from Holland Mr Meerman moved to Bundaberg in 1980, when he was in primary school.
As a former Kepnock High student he said it was always special to return to share his passion with the children. Mr Meerman started the show by telling the children that they could do anything if they applied themselves.
"I'm a pretty standard person," Mr Meerman said.
"I was just fascinated by physics and followed my dream.
"The main objective is not to steer the children in any direction, but to let them know if they want to do it - they can."
Working on the television show Catalyst, Mr Meerman has featured on Rollercoaster and was the first resident scientist on Playschool but the children may know Mr Meerman best for the show called the Surfing Scientist on ABC 3.
Mr Meerman said that his biggest influence as a student was his grade 11 science teacher Mr Forbes - who currently still teaches at Kepnock.
Head of Science Department Marty Krehlik said that it was great having the Surfing Scientist visit the school as it showed the students what they can achieve.
"It's always a benefit for past students to see past students do something," Mr Krehlik said.
"Whether it's teaching them about climate change or showing them how to pop a balloon inside a balloon using a laser - the children were enticed by science."