St George’s School – The Edinburgh Brain Bee Competition

16 Mar 2018

Mark Ashmore, Head of Science, took 11 girls to the Edinburgh Brain Bee competition last month. This is a worldwide competition to inspire students to learn about the brain and to motivate students to pursue a career in neuroscience.

During the day the girls were asked to complete a written paper on the brain and nervous system function, including detailed physiology at a molecular level. They also completed a set of histology and morphology questions based on actual specimens of brains and nervous tissue. This was followed by a lecture from a research neuroscientist at the University of Edinburgh Neuroscience department about his work looking for DNA links between autism and fragile X syndrome, and how they could get into research in neuroscience.

Congratulations to Anushka who won the event, Prithi who came 5th, and Hannah who was 6th. All three students have been invited to the national final in April.