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Francesco rises to the Brain Bee Challenge


St Michael’s College student Francesco Ciampa is set to represent South Australia at the Brain Bee Challenge national championships in December after recently taking out top spot in the State finals.

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The Australian Bain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a national competition for Year 10 secondary students focusing on the brain, its functions and neuroscience.

This year’s State finals were held at the Adelaide University Medical School and featured keynote speaker presentations on neuroscience research as well as a tour and demonstrations of the neuroscience labs at the Medical School.

The Challenge is split into four rounds, the first being an online quiz and the second being regional finals where students from each state compete to earn a spot at the national championships.

Francesco qualified after the first round as one of the top eight students before making it to the final of the second round where three students competed for the title of 2017 SA champion.

Francesco will now continue as the sole representative of SA at the national championships where he will compete for the title of Australian champion.

The national champion receives an all-expenses paid trip to represent Australia in round four of the Challenge at the International Brain Bee Championships in the United States.

Two Australian students previously have been awarded the top prize at international championships held in South Africa and Vienna.

Fellow St Michael’s students Joshua Larven, Aiden Burgess and Vincenzo Triulcio joined Francesco in the team challenge where they finished third out of all qualifying schools in the State finals.


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