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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 24th 2009
10 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 25, 2009 MB NEWS Expertise pays off Whiz-kid Kenneth Wong is off to Bulgaria. SHIREEN KHALIL Icanuseitto solve maths problems easily' ' KENNETH WONG KENNETH Wong's exper- tise and interest in the field of informatics has earned him a ticket to Bulgaria to represent Australia in an International Olympiad. And what exactly is informatics? It's a mix be- tween problem solving and computer programming. A level of maths and sci- ence is required and while many students cringe at the thought of those subjects, Kenneth feels the opposite -- he finds it fascinating. The 16-year-old Strathfield resident will head to Europe in August with three other students who will also be represent- ing Australia in the compe- tition, which is part of the UNESCO-sanctioned Inter- national Science Olympiads. Before receiving the ticket to Bulgaria, the James Ruse High student, went through a lengthy selection process and it was the IOI Selection School camp at Macquarie Univer- sity where Kenneth was an- nounced part of the Aust- ralian team. ''It's crazy. I only got into informatics a couple of years ago and I didn't think I had the chance to get to this level,'' Kenneth said. ''It's fascinating and it can be applied in so many ways, I can use it to solve maths problems easily,'' he said. Although Kenneth hasn't been exposed to the world of informatics that long, he travelled to India for the International School Soft- ware Competition with the Australian team where they won gold for the first time. On top of his Year 11 studies, Kenneth also finds the time to do two extension university courses -- Cos- mology Distinction and Computer Programming. He is also known for solv- ing a Rubik's cube in less than 30 seconds. After studying a degree in computer science, he would like to get a job with Google in software development. ''I went to the Google office during the IOI team selection camp and it was so cool, especially the gaming rooms, but it's something I haven't really thought too hard about,'' he said. The cost of the trip will cost Kenneth's family $2200. If anyone wishes to con- tribute call Leon Wong on 0416 291 147. council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 P: 9748 9999 F: 9764 1034 postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday WHAT'S ON FITNESS CLASSES FOR SENIORS Every Thursday until 9 July 10-11am Strathfield Town Hall $5.00 per class E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au First Tuesday of the Month -- Ordinary Council at 7pm, Council Chambers 65 Homebush Road Strathfield Second Tuesday of the Month -- Planning Committee at 6pm Iron Bark meeting room Strathfield Library and Information Centre 65-67 Rochester Street Homebush Third Tuesday of the Month -- As required • Environmental Committee • Social Committee • Economic Committee Business papers for Council and Committee meetings are available from Council's Customer Service Centre, libraries and website www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au from the Saturday prior to each meeting. Community Voice I am a volunteer tutor of the Strathfield Senior's Computing Club where I run a structured course in computer skills assisting Seniors in our community to become more confident using computers. I became a volunteer because I wanted to share my skills with others and pass on the knowledge I have learnt over the years. The course helps connect Seniors with computers as they are part of our daily lives and gives them an opportunity to communicate with distant members of family and friends and provides them with access to the many services that the internet provides. Students enjoy using their computers and come back to learn more advanced skills. We are never too old to learn and the peer group education setting is not only enjoyable but also very rewarding. Council Reaches Milestone 5 Council is pleased to announce it has reached Milestone 5 of the Cities for Climate Protection Program. The achievement involves quantifying Council's emission reductions that resulted from the implementation of actions as outlined in Milestone 4. Compared to 2005, Council's corporate emissions are 11.5 per cent lower in 2008, equating to the abatement of 650 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Irene Breitner Community Volunteer Celebrating 40 Years Council extends congratulations to all past and present members of the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra who are celebrating their 40th anniversary on 28 June. If you would like further information about upcoming concerts, visit www.strathfieldsymphony.org.au. Line Dancing Classes Council is continuing its free line dancing classes for Seniors held at the Strathfield Town Hall until 30 September. The classes are a great way for Seniors in our community to exercise and make new friends. For further information contact Elizabeth Graves of Council on 9748 9999. CARPET RIGHT CARPETS•LAMINATES•VINYLS•TIMBER FLOORS Never beaten on price! 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