In Term 1, Year 10 students had the opportunity to sit round 1 of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge; a competition that includes aspects of neuroscience and psychology. This year, Tintern had its largest number of qualifying students with seven students performing strongly enough in round 1 to be selected to compete at the Victorian State Final.
Fast forward now to Term 3 and the State Final was held at the University of Melbourne in Parkville. During the course of the day, students competed both individually and as a school team. The day was also broken up with guest speakers offering an insight into their research of treatments and cures for nervous system disorders and injuries. Students had the opportunity to tour a neuroscience research facility, which was investigating the link between the nervous system and gut using mouse and rat analogs. Students were also given access to the DAX Art Gallery, a space devoted to art and mental illness. It was an enjoyable day, not only extending our high achieving students but also giving them an opportunity to experience life at university and the inner workings of a research facility.
by Claire Stanner, Science and Biology Teacher