Five outstanding Year 10 students competed in the State Final of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge at UWA today. The ABBC involves learning and studying neuroscience (first year university level material) and competing in both a team and individual capacity. The ABBC is trying to engage and interest budding young scientists in the field of neuroscience, with the aim of inspiring them to conduct future research into the mechanism of and treatments for diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS.
The team of Holly Dear, Cheryne Hee, Manshi Rai, Anna Sharp and Shaun Yeoh placed first out of the 17 schools competing in the state final, winning a high performance LED microscope for the school.
The individual aspect of the competition saw Shenton highly successful again, with Cheryne Hee coming 3rd overall and a stupendous effort from Shaun Yeoh, who took out 1st place in the state. Shaun will be given the opportunity to represent Western Australia in the National Final of the ABBC in Sydney in December. Both of these students will also be given rare work experience opportunities in the neuroscience department at UWA.
All five students have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the year and should be very proud of their achievements.