2019 Australian Brain Bee update

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge is a competition for high school students in Year 10 to learn about the brain and neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. Recently, all Year 10 Psychology students competed in the first round of this challenge.

As I was lucky enough to gain a place in the Top 10 of the Queensland Brain Bee State Finals in 2018, I have been mentoring a group of keen students this year as part of a CAS group. The students have spent the last few weeks preparing for the competition. They have been going through the Brain Bee content on the Education Perfect website, learning about the nervous system, neuronal function and memory processes. I have been impressed with the progress they have made so far, and it is exciting to see how far they’ll go. The Year 10 Psychology students have also had the wonderful opportunity to attend two informative workshops on Memory and Degenerative Diseases, presented by Professor Harry McConnell, QAHS parent and Neuroscientist from Griffith University.

The Brain Bee Challenge is an amazing competition that I learned so much from, and Professor McConnell and I will continue to support those students who successfully qualify to participate in the second round of the competition at the Brain Institute in Brisbane.

Angie Zhou
Year 11