Year 10 students compete in Queensland Brain Bee Final

Zara, Claire, Adeleine and Madeleine were amongst 137 young competitors from 42 Queensland schools who competed in Brisbane in a battle of neuroscience knowledge on Wednesday 18 July. 

Biology and Science Teacher, Narelle Cooley said even though our students did not place in either the individual or team challenge the experience was invaluable. 

“The girls were involved in a round of live questioning, where involved in a team challenge and listened to a guest lecturer as part of the International Conference of Neuroethology,” Mrs Cooley said. 

“The opportunity to see working laboratories was well received and inspired the students to think about the career options in neuroscience,” she said. 

While most adults would struggle to define terms like dopamine or basal ganglia, Brain Bee contestants are well versed in a range of topics related to intelligence, memory, emotions, stress, ageing, sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.

Organised by the prestigious Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland, the Brain Bee Challenge aimed to motivate students to learn about the brain.