The Brain Bee is a live question and answer neuroscience competition that is designed to teach students about our most powerful computing machine- the brain. Already there are 70 local brain bees and more than 20 participating countries. High School students from all over the world compete for the title of best brain and are tested in such topics as brain cognition and function, diseases, physiology, and chemistry. Students will study from a publication from the Society of Neuroscience called Brain Facts.
The rules of the competition are quite simple: The first round will be a written test that will only take about 15 minutes to administer. The second round will give every student the opportunity to answer three questions: a least difficult, moderately difficult, and most difficult question each, which are valued at 2, 3, and 4 points, respectively. All students will be sitting up on stage and will approach the podium to answer each question, which will be posed by the uber-friendly panel of three judges. Essentially, by the end of the Second Round, you will have been at the podium three times. If time permits more rounds will be added.
The Final Round will begin with the top ten finalists, according to the points accumulated during the First and Second Rounds. After all students answer a least difficult, and then a moderately difficult question, all further questions will be ranked "most difficult". The format will be triple-elimination. The last remaining contestant on stage after all others have missed three questions each will be our Brain Bee winner!
1st place prize winner will recieve a $500 gift card to Amazon, a summer research internship, full paid trip for the winner and a parent/guardian to compete in the U.S. National Brain Bee, and a home neuroscience kit provided by backyardbrains.com
2nd and 3rd place winners will both recieve a neuroscience home kit provided by backyardbrains.com
These following local bee sample questions were officially released by the International Brain Bee:
10:00- 10:30 - Registration
10:30- 10:40 - Participant Welcome
10:40- 11:10 - Written Test
11:15- 11:25 - Audience Welcome
11:25- 12:00 - Oral Questions
12:00- 1:00 - Lunch
1:00- 3:00 - Final Round & Winners Announced