Science whizz kid takes flight

Top swot: Wakatipu High School head boy Archie Ritchie

It’s fair to say Archie Ritchie’s not taking much of a breather over the school holidays.

The Wakatipu High School head boy, 18, has only just returned from the NZ Model United Nations, and yesterday he jetted off for a prestigious science camp in London.

Archie’s one of two New Zealand teens picked to attend the London International Youth Science Forum, which will bring together 500 students from 70 countries, all aged between 16 and 21.

They’ll spend three weeks learning from top scientists, visiting Oxford and Cambridge, and checking out the world’s largest scientific research centre.

Archie learned he’d been picked for the honour after attending the Auckland Science and Technology For-um in January.

“It was a pretty surreal experience,” he says.

He’s particularly looking forward to learning more about environmental science during the trip.

And, with hundreds of students from a vast range of different cultures attending, he says it will be a “pretty amazing social experience”.

Still tossing up exactly where he wants to enrol after the school year finishes, he says he’s looking to study law as well as environmental science and commerce.