Buzzing over state win
SHENTON College Year 10 student Zhong Xien Yeoh outsmarted more than 100 students to become the state champion of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.
The West Perth resident will go on to represent WA at the National Championships in December after winning the state championships at the University of WA on Tuesday.
Zhong Xien was named the individual winner, with his school Shenton College coming first in the team championships.
He said through the competition, he gained vast knowledge about neuroscience and had the opportunity to meet a new group of friends.
“I first developed an interest in neuroscience after watching a series on National Geographic about illusions and psychology,” Zhong Xien said. “I found out about Brain Bee from friends at school and when I discovered it was about neuroscience, I was really interested in becoming involved.
“It’s great that my efforts paid off, and it was a really exciting competition to be involved in.”
He said he was considering studies and possibly a career in neuroscience.
State co-ordinator and UWA associate professor Jenny Rodger said it was pleasing to see the level of neuroscience understanding the students were displaying at such a young age.
Brain Bee state winner Zhong Xien Yeoh.