On Wednesday 27th June, the Centre for Brain Research hosted approximately 200 eager and talented year-9 high school students from all over the North Island, and their teachers. They had come here to take part in the New Zealand finals of the Australia/NZ Brain Bee – a neuroscience quiz for high school students which leads the finalists to compete in the International Brain Bee.
196 students from 40 high schools took part in this year’s event, most of them competing both as individuals and on a school team. All those who attended had gained high marks in a previous, online test.
Students spent a whole day at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and in between high-intensity competition rounds, were given the opportunity to do some hands-on lab work, and to interrogate current students and staff from the Centre for Brain Research about their work and their passions, and what brought them to CBR.
This year’s winner was Shen Jianto, from Mt Roskill Grammar School, who was followed closely – very closely – by Claire Wang from Westlake Girls’ High School, and Sang Ho Kim, from Palmerston North Boys’ High School. Shen will now have the opportunity to travel to Melbourne early next year to compete against the finalists from the Australian States and the South Island. We wish him all the best!
Pictured above: Shen Jianto, 2012 winner, pictured with (l-r), his science teacher, Professor Richard Faull, CBR Director, Professor Louise Nicholson, NZ Brain Bee Challenge Co-ordinator.