(photo credit: Courtesy)
Five teenage girls have been chosen as the first five winners of the Biology
Olympiad for high-school pupils, with the boys tailing behind them.
recipients of the 14th annual competition were announced on Wednesday, with Tal
Ben-Shimon of Jerusalem’s Boyer School coming first, receiving a year’s
scholarship at Bar-Ilan University.
Second was Bana Awad from a high
school in Tamra and third was Maya Ziv of ORT School in Ma’alot. The fourth was
Michal Wolman of the Orot School and then Keren Tokatly of Telma Yellin School
in Givatayim. Around 250 pupils competed for the title, which was awarded by the
Bar-Ilan Life Sciences Faculty.
Only pupils who have taken five units of
biology students were eligible. The candidates were judged on their knowledge of
biology; their skill in research and thinking by writing a research paper on the
breakdown of protein in the body; a test on the cell; and the presentation of
personal research they each conducted.
Honey as a natural antibiotic was
investigated by Ben- Simhon, while other research subjects included pine needles
and the ripening of wheat seeds.
Thirty pupils who took part in the
second stage of the Biology Olympics were asked to prepare posters on one
research question such as the effects of onions on the development of
BIU’s Dr. Yanai Ofran also gave a lecture heard by all on the
subject of planning drugs using computers.
Among those involved are the
Weizmann Institute of Science, the Education Ministry, ORT, the Bloomfield
Science Museum and the Shimoni Group.