Brain Bee Challenge

The 2019 Brain Bee Challenge will take place April 6 from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Registration  will open in February.

Brain Bee participants compete in teams of three 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 be able to tour MPFI and will receive 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. In the final round of the competition, the judges can decide to ask a question that requires an answer from each member of the team. Individual students may also sign up and will be assigned to a team on the day of the competition. Students who register individually cannot be guaranteed a place in the competition.

Study Materials

Brain Facts
Science of the Brain
Neuroanatomy Tutorial
Neurotransmissions Podcast: Episodes 2, 8, 12, 14, 16, 25

Rules

A maximum of three teams per high school can register.
Students compete in teams of three students. Please remember that there might be questions in which each member of a team needs to give an answer separately from the other 2 members of the team.
All answers must be submitted in writing. We will provide writing materials.
Students 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.

Awards

Each student in the top three teams will receive a gift card ($150/student on 1st place team, $100/student on 2nd place team, and $50/student on 3rd place team).
A monetary award will be offered to teachers who commit to sponsoring and guiding a team through the competition.
The 1st 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 February 1, 2019. A registration link will be provided on this webpage on the day registration opens. We ask all teams to have an agreed upon “Team Name” and a Teacher Sponsor 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? 
Participant registration is free. 
How many people must be on a team? 
Three. 
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? 
Yes. 
Can students be assigned teams if they do not have one but would like to participate? 
Students may register without a team but cannot but guaranteed a spot in the competition. 
Can teams be composed of students from different high schools? 
Yes. 
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 education@mpfi.org, so that we may have an accurate count of attendees.

Generously Supported By

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