Buzzing over state win

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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