News

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.

Topics:  education school competition tannum sands state high school



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

WICET's $1.06 billion trouble as deficit blows out

NO TRIAL YET: WICET has put back a trial vessel to the start of March, while the rest of the project is strong on track.

EMBATTLED project with more than 90 employees takes another blow.

He burnt teen lover's face, wiped faeces on police cell

**** WARNING: DO NOT LIGHTEN ***TOUGH JOB: Edon Place staff witness the sad cycle of domestic violence in the Bundaberg region each day.Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

DISGUSTING, abusive teen smears his faeces all over a police cell.

Nightclub hell: Gladstone teen's horror night out

Molly Dawes had drink spiked while out in Gladstone.

The second time it happened I don't remember anything past 11.30pm.

Local Partners

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Family scoop bargain $160K 'holiday home' in Gladstone

BARGAIN: A Biloela family has purchased 21 Ann St for $160,000. They try to get to Gladstone at least once a month.

ADVERTISED as "renovate or demolish", but snapped up for getaway.

REVEALED: Gladstone property prices hit lowest in downturn

Aerial View overlooking Kin Kora residential area, Gladstone.



Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

GLADSTONE PROPERTY prices have hit their lowest since the bust.

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!