Meet our very own 2017 Brain Bee Finalist!

2017 06 22 brain bee web 06Earlier this year, seven students who are part of Project REAL, sat for the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) organised by University of Western Sydney. The ABBC is a competition for high school students in Year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, neuroscience research, careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. Well done to all the students who competed in first round of the challenge.

Jessica McCrindle achieved outstanding results becoming one of the top 80 students across NSW. She was invited to represent Pacific Hills in the NSW State Finals on the 22 June 2017 at the University of NSW.

Jessica competed in 2 rounds of question time to qualify for the State Finals whereby the top ten students were chosen. It was a great achievement even though Jessica did not proceed to the final round. The competition was very tough and the calibre of students present was outstanding. It was wonderful to watch the top ten students compete for the final position.

Jessica had opportunity to meet and talk with fellow Year 10 students from other schools. She visited the Sound Localisation Lab with Professor Housley and the Translational Neuroscience team where she learnt how our ear processed sound signals (an interactive workshop), attended a tour of the Museum of Human Disease, and sat in on the UNSW Neuroscience Doctoral Presentations. The students were challenged to be critical thinkers and follow their passion for neuroscience.

It was a challenging yet inspiring and fun day for Jessica. Congratulations on an outstanding effort in representing Pacific Hills.

Gloria Quee

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