Tannum team tops Australian Brain Bee Challenge

BUZZING: Winning Tannum Sands High School students Meg McColl, 14, Mitchell Rowe, 15, and Zara Lahey, 15, made it to final round in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge neuroscience quiz.
BUZZING: Winning Tannum Sands High School students Meg McColl, 14, Mitchell Rowe, 15, and Zara Lahey, 15, made it to final round in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge neuroscience quiz. Brenda Strong

THREE Tannum Sands State High School students have beaten 1100 competitors and made the second state round of the Australia-New Zealand neuroscience quiz, the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.

Meg McColl, Mitchell Rowe and Zara Lahey beat teenagers from 65 Queensland schools in a multiple-choice neuroscience quiz to make the top 170 in this year's ABBC.

They will travel to the Queensland Brain Institute later this month for the state finals, where they will take part in a brain-teasing challenge and neuroscience quiz to test their knowledge of the brain and how it works.

The ABBC state finalists will also be given an exclusive tour of the facilities at QBI and meet eminent scientific researchers at the Institute. The quiz is aimed at capturing students' interest in neuroscience as a career,

Tannum Sands State High School's Carol Shuttleworth said.

Mitchell said he was inspired by a former student who had spoken at the school about neuroscience, and decided to take the quiz.

"I feel like it was a lot of information to cram in," said Mitchell.

"I did learn a lot out of it, but there's still so much to learn."

Meg said she studied hard before the quiz: "I just read it over and over, and eventually it just sticks in your brain."

Zara said she was looking forward to the next stage, and was motivated to go down the path of neuroscience.

"I was always interested in the medical side of things...but it's more of a certain path now," she said.

The brainiacs now have a 96-page booklet to get their heads around in preparation for the next round.

"Now we have a bigger book and less time."

Meg said she was motivated to do the quiz out of an interest in psychology.

"I did it because I'm interested in psychology and I thought it might help in the future," she said.

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