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Young Mind, lestyn Rush, Announced as a 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prize Finalist

Wed, 27/07/2022Posted by:

The Australian Museum (AM) today announced St John’s Year 7 student lestyn Rush as one of the six “Sleek Geeks” selected in the School Science Category at Australia’s premier science awards, the 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

The School Science category of the AM Eureka Prizes showcases some of Australia’s best budding scientists from primary and high schools. Students were asked to explore the theme ‘Change’, with shortlisted entries educating viewers on a diverse range of topics that include the complex reproductive hierarchy of clownfish, how the human brain responds when it becomes crowded and the regenerative capacity of stem cells. Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to communicate a scientific concept in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge

Finalists in this category were selected based on their short video submissions on a scientific concept of their choosing. lestyn used colourful graphics in his film Neuroplasticity – You Can Change Your Brain to explain how neurons connect via synapses. Through everyday examples, lestyn shows that when connections become crowded with data, learning prompts an editing process that makes space for new information. Watch the video below.

lestyn’s parents Anita and Matt Rush said “we are super proud of lestyn as he worked so very hard in making this movie”.

The winners of the 2022 AM Eureka Prizes will be announced on Wednesday 31 August at an awards ceremony held at the Australian Museum, Sydney.