Pupils put brains to test

Riccarton High School pupils (from left) Erica Chung, Apoorva Patelkhana and Ashley Walsh (all 15 and of Christchurch) construct a model of the human brain at the South Island Brain Bee event at the University of Otago yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson. Scores of science-loving teenagers descended on the University of Otago’s laboratories yesterday for New Zealand’s only neuroscience competition for high school pupils. About 75 year 11 pupils, from Motueka to Dunedin, attended the neuroscience Brain Bee competition. South Island Brain Bee organiser Dr Ruth Napper said the competition attracted “the best of the best”. “It’s hard stuff. “All of the material they study for the competition is extra-curricular, so these students are very driven.” As well as competing in team and individual challenges relating to the brain, pupils…

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