“On Thursday July 16, Alison Godbier, Rebekah Odgers, Georgia Gullick and I represented Stella Maris College in the State Finals of the Brain Bee Competition held at the School of Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. We competed in individual and team challenges, in a series of difficult rounds against the best in the State in neuroscience. Topics included neuro-ethics, degenerative disorders, brain anatomy, addiction, stress, language, and aging, just to name a few.
We listened to speakers about life as a medical science student and the research being carried out in developing the bionic eye and a headpiece with the potential to increase the speed at which people learn. We also carried out a series of neurophysiology experiments on ourselves, which involved hooking up to electrodes and stimulating various muscles in the hand and arm to contract without conscious thought.
Even though we didn’t continue onto Nationals, the day was an incredible experience and we would like to thank Mrs Longworth for this amazing opportunity and for giving us constant support from Day 1 by providing us with speakers, study and comprehension lessons and practice questions.”
Grace Kendall Year 10
Only eleven schools were eligible to compete in the State Finals of this challenging event and of course this included our Stella Maris team! The girls have embraced science and are keen to accept further competition challenges this year. These girls will be our scientists of the future. Congratulations Alison, Rebekah, Grace and Georgia.
Gifted & Talented Coordinator