North Island Brain Bee 2016

On Thursday 7 July, a total of 182 students from 40 North Island schools converged on the Faculty of Medical and Health Science’s Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland to compete in both the Individual and Teams competitions of the annual second stage of the Brain Bee Challenge.

Individual competition

  • First place Stefan Ivanov, Westlake Boys High School
  • Second place Kassandra Wang, St Cuthbert's College

Teams competition

  • First place St Cuthbert's College
  • Second place Westlake Girls High School
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St Cuthbert's College won first place in the teams competition.
1st place
First place Stefan Ivanov from Westlake Boys High School.

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Delegations from all over the North Island arrived in a frenzy of excitement and anticipation. During the course of the day they were treated to an experience rich in science, fun and camaraderie. Hosted by Associate Professor Maurice Curtis, with Rutherford Discovery Fellow Jessie Jacobson as the Quiz Master, these year 11 students and their teachers explored the network of lecture rooms and laboratories that make up the Grafton campus in a day of learning and discovery.

After the first round of the Quiz that finished with morning tea (the most delicious brownies) the Teams competition took place.

The finals of both the individual and Teams competitions were held in the afternoon broken up by an opportunity for students to listen to early and mid-career researchers narrate with enthusiasm their personal neuroscience journeys. At the end of the day, once accolades were handed out to those who performed with excellence in the individual and Teams competition everyone left smiling, knowing that the stimulation of the day made them all richer in knowledge and experiences. Another hugely successful science communication/outreach event with our Brain Bee winners from 2010 and 2011 (who are both undertaking research in the SCIRF right now) amongst the helpers thus completing the circle!


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