MPFI's Brain Bee Challenge 2014

The Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI) Brain Bee Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 during Brain Awareness Week. This competition tests neuroscience knowledge of high school students based on the resources found under the 'Study Materials' section of this page. Students will receive questions in a written and visual format covering topics such as intelligence, learning and memory, emotion, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, brain anatomy, and neural disorders. Participants should study the material found in "Brain Facts" published by the Society for Neuroscience and in "Science of the Brain." The Brain Bee is open to high school students in grades 9-12.

New Format

We are introducing a new format to the Brain Bee in 2014. Students will compete in teams of three. Each team will work together to decide on a single answer within an allotted time period. Schools are encouraged to send teams of students to compete. Individual students may also sign up and will be assigned to a team on the day of the competition.

All students who participate will receive a Max Planck t-shirt, a tour of one of our labs, and a complimentary lunch.


Each student in the top three teams will receive a gift card.

The first place team will have a chance to shadow one MPFI scientist for a day.

There will also be cash donations to the science departments of the schools of the top three teams. If the students are from different schools, the donation will be split among the schools.

For more information, contact MPFI's Head of Educational Outreach Dr. Ana Fiallos at