Brain Bee Challenge

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What is the Brain Bee?

The MPFI Brain Bee Challenge will be held on February 20, 2016 in advance of the National Brain Awareness Week in March, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the importance, progress and benefits of brain research.

Brain Bee participants compete in teams of 3 to answer questions on neuroscience topics such as learning and memory, emotion, sensation, movement, aging, neurobiology, brain anatomy and neural disorders.

All students who participate will receive a Max Planck t-shirt, a tour of an MPFI lab, and a complimentary lunch.

Team Format

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.

Study Materials

Brain Facts
Science of the Brain
Neuroanatomy Tutorial


– Students will compete in teams of three students.
– All answers must be submitted in writing. We will provide writing materials.
– The moderator may only repeat the question once after it has been initially asked.
– Students will have 30 seconds to respond after the initial question has been asked.
– Since there are often several correct answers to a question, the panel of judges may overrule the moderator at any time.
– 1st place winners from previous years are not eligible to compete.


Each student in the top three teams will receive a gift card and a cash donation will be made to their high school science departments. The science departments of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams will receive donations of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. If teams are composed of students from different high schools, the donation will be split among the school science departments proportionally. The first place team will have a chance to shadow an MPFI scientist for a day.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration open?
Registration will open on January 9, 2016. A registration link will be provided on this webpage on the day registration opens. This year we ask all teams to have an agreed upon “Team Name” for the purpose of registering.
Who is eligible to participate?
The Brain Bee is open to high school students in grades 9-12 who reside in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
How does registration take place?
Registration takes place online via a registration link that will be found on this webpage. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.
Is there a cost to register/participate?
The Brain Bee is sponsored by a grant from the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund. Participant registration is free.
How many people must be on a team?
Do teams need to be formed prior to registration?
It is recommended that all teams are formed prior to registration, but not required.
Does every member of the team need to register separately?
Can students be assigned teams if they do not have one but would like to participate?
Students may register without a team and note in their registration that they would like to be assigned to a team.
Can teams be composed of students from different high schools?
Who are the judges?
Judges are neuroscientists from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.
Are teachers welcome to attend?
Yes, teachers who are supporting students in the competition can attend. Please email, so that we may have an accurate count of attendees.

Our Sponsor

Mary and Robert Pew Pub Ed