SMT Australian Brain Bee Challenge Qld Team Champions 2018

Congratulations to our four Year 10 students: Amogh Durgam, Ella Haddrill, Lurissa Masters and Pinting Cao for winning the second round of the Australian Brain Bee competition this week at the University of Queensland.

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in Year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. With over 130 students from around 30 schools from all over Queensland, our students did very well. Ella Haddrill made it into the Top 10 and just fell short of making the final 3. Our students were feeling pretty confident in the afternoon with the Group Challenge where that had to analyse around 300 posters in just under two hours and extract the answers to 16 questions. More importantly they had to work as a group to collect the information and decide how they were going to do this with only one clipboard. SMT placed 1st in this Group Challenge making them the Australian Brain Bee Challenge Queensland Team Champions 2018!

The ABBC is a student led competition. Our current Year 10 students were mentored by the students from last year (Lorna Gan, Peter Kruip, Caitlyn Leeson and Hillary Le – so thank you to these students for their support and all the extra content they had to learn outside of school time. All students really encompassed the IB learner attributes, which was pleasing to see.

Rebecca Brown, Psychology Teacher and ARC Coordinator