Earlier this year Alexandra Crawley, Samara Jethwa, Peter Klimenko and Henry Sungkana outwitted and outsmarted 1,100 teenagers from 65 Queensland schools in a multiple-choice neuroscience quiz to make the top 170. This won them a place in the Queensland State Finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) which was held at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) on 22 July. The year 10 students took part in a brain-teasing team challenge and neuroscience quiz to test their knowledge of the brain and how it works.
The ABBC is the country’s only neuroscience competition for high school students. The competition is designed to test school students’ knowledge about a range of topics, including intelligence, memory, emotions, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.
Our students were given an exclusive tour of the world-class facilities at QBI and met with renowned scientific researchers at the Institute. “This competition gives students a feel for what a career in neuroscience might be like. The very best students from around the State will be allowed to explore the facilities and be challenged in a fun and exciting competition,” ABBC organiser and Queensland Brain Institute neuroscientist Professor Linda Richards said. “Neurological and mental illness account for a huge proportion of the disease burden in our community so we need to attract the best and brightest minds to take up a career in science.”
Brain Bee Challenge team members L-R: Henry Sungkana, Samara Jethwa, Alexandra Crawley and Peter Klimenko
The QASMT Brain Bee Challenge team finished 4th in the State Finals of the Team Challenge.