State's brainiest school students gather for science challenge

Date: 10/06/2009

The NSW finals for the 2009 Australian Brain Bee Challenge for high school students will be held at the University of Western Sydney on Tuesday 16 June.

The annual event draws entries from schools across the state as individual students and teams test their knowledge on a range of neuroscience topics.

Over 120 students representing more than 30 schools will participate in the State finals, which will also include a seminar with medical researchers and UWS Advanced Science students, and tours of the School of Medicine's state-of-the-art facilities.

The Brain Bee will consist of live question and answer sessions where students will be tested on topics such as intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, sleep and addiction.

Professor Vaughan Macefield, from the UWS School of Medicine and NSW Coordinator of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, says he is thrilled the response to the event grows each year.

"It's essential we actively engage high school students in science. They are the next generation of scientists who will continue the work of today's researchers," says Professor Macefield.

"The Brain Bee is a great opportunity for young students to learn about the human brain and test their knowledge among their peers in a fun and rewarding environment. Hopefully, the challenge will inspire many of the students to pursue tertiary studies in science, specifically in neuroscience."

An individual winner from the event will proceed to the national finals held in Sydney during the Australian Neuroscience Society Conference in January 2010. The Australian champion will then go on to represent the country at the International Brain Bee Challenge in North America.

Last year's NSW finalist, Jayson Jeganathan from Baulkham Hills High School went on to win the National finals.

Jayson will be a special guest at the 2009 NSW State Finals and will present trophies to the winning team and individual.

Prizes in the 2009 NSW finals include: a microscope, iPods, gift vouchers and neuroscience books.

More information on the Australian Brain Bee Challenge can be found online at

Media are welcome to attend the NSW finals.

Schools participating in 2009 include:
Albion Park High*
Aquinas College
Baulkham Hills High School*
Belmore Boys High School
Bethlehem College*
Boorowa Central
Central Coast Grammar
Christadelphian Heritage College Sydney
Cranbrook School
Greystanes High School
Holy Spirit College
Hunters Hill High School
James Ruse Agricultural High School*
Kinross Wolaroi School*
Lismore High School
Macarthur Anglican School
Marist College Eastwood
McAuley Catholic Central School
Narrabri High School
Pacific Hills Christian School*
Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney*
Randwick Girls High School*
St Charbel's College
St Clare's College
St Ives High School
St Paul's High School*
St Vincent's College
Sydney Secondary College Balmain*
Tara Anglican School for Girls*
The Hills Grammar School*
Toongabbie Christian School
Xavier College*

*Indicates schools also participating in the team event



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