Bright minds bound for Russia June 6, 2013 A pair of chemistry whiz kids will head to Moscow next month to take on the world’s best at an international battle of the minds. The two Western Australians form half of the Australian Olympiad team. (L-R) Ben Anandappa, Adjunct Professor Jennifer Searcy and Sam Alsop The 45th International Chemistry Olympiad will bring together students from over 70 countries, and challenge them in a variety of theoretical and practical ways. “It’s as big as the standard Olympics, though not as much of a spectator sport,” said 16 year old Sam Alsop, a Year 11 student at Frederick Irwin Anglican School in Mandurah. “I’m reading a lot and going through past papers so I can do the best I can.” 17 year old Ben Anandappa, who is currently completing his Year 12 studies at Christian Brothers College in Fremantle, said he’ll focus on keeping calm during the competition. “In the end, it’s a team thing. The winners are decided by the highest combined score, so it’s about supporting each other,” he said. Murdoch University Adjunct Professor Jennifer Searcy, who has been teaching the pair since they were in primary school, has supported Ben and Sam in their academic pursuits. “A competition like this is a fantastic stimulus to learning, ” Professor Searcy said. “I want to give my students opportunities they would not otherwise find, so I teach them problem solving early, so they can excel in later life.” Both Ben and Sam are planning a career in chemistry. “I like science in general, but chemistry in particular as it’s dealing with the world at its most fundamental level,” Sam said. Professor Searcy runs after school classes in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry three times a week for students ten years and older. For more information, email email@example.com, or ring 0407 982 349. Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, Murdoch achievements, School of Engineering and Information Technology, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Tags: after school classes, ben anandappa, christian brothers college, frederick irwin anglican school, international chemistry olympiad, jennifer searcy, moscow, murdoch university, sam alsop Comments (One response) Dion Giles June 8, 2013 Nice to see high fliers soaring. The teacher supplying the lift and they providing the thrust. A credit to Professor Searcy and to Murdoch – and of course to Ben and Sam. Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!