WHO said science was a male-dominated field?
That's the question Brittany Wills and Molly Burton are posing after bringing home Victor Chang School Science Awards.
Named after the late cardiac surgeon and pioneer of modern heart transplantation, the awards aim to foster development and encourage future generations to carry on Victor Chang's legacy.
My grandfather is a scientist and he says, 'A girl topping the class? That's how it should be'.Brittany Wills
The Orange High School year 12 students attended a presentation in Dubbo last week, where 10 students were recognised.
Head teacher Peter Shea said it was a feat given the region stretched to Bourke and Broken Hill and Molly studied with the added challenge of being blind.
The 17-year-olds topped the year in science in year 10 - now, Brittany studies physics and chemistry, while Molly studies biology.
Both are taking Science Extension this year, which will require them to conduct a research project.
While Molly is undecided on her topic, she is no stranger to research, having studied the effects of grey water on plants.
"They grew more, but they weren't as healthy," she said.
Brittany intends to study suits' impact on athletes' core temperature and performance, which builds on her ambition to study exercise science at university.
"I've loved sport since I was able to walk," she said.
Both girls agreed they wanted to even the gender score in the science field.
"My grandfather is a scientist and he says, 'A girl topping the class? That's how it should be'," Brittany said.
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