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Brain Bee Challenge mastered by young scientistsPosted in General School News on Monday, 14 August, 2017

Year 10 student, Michaela Lazaroo has finished fourth in the State final of an Australia-wide Science competition which quizzes all matters of the brain.

Michaela was one of four students from Mandurah Catholic College to excel, a feat all the more exceptional given that many of the questions were pitched at learning of a much higher level.

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is run by the Australasian Neurological Society for Year 10 students. The goal of the competition is for students 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.

Earlier this year 32 students from the College competed in round one of the Brain Bee Competition against thousands of students nationally. In order to prepare for round one, students had to study a 60-page book about Neuroscience. From this round, four of our students – (Pictured, from left) Chelsea Morfitt, Mark Ajero, Micaela Lazaroo and Renuka Adhikary  – qualified for the State final,which was very competitive with 80 students from schools as far north as Broome and as far south as Esperance being quizzed. In order to prepare for round two, students had to study a 94-page book about the brain and its functions. The questions asked of the students were very difficult, many at a second-year university level.

However, the day spent at the University of Western Australia wasn’t all hard work. Students had the opportunity to look at how tissue cultures are grown, viewed nerve cells under fluorescence microscopy, watched a demonstration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, learnt about the effects of concussion from a PHD candidate and toured the anatomy museum of the University.

Congratulations to our four busy Brain Bees!

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