Brain Bee Challenge

What is the Brain Bee?

The MPFI Brain Bee Challenge will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm.  The Brain Bee is part of 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 be able to tour a laboratory 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. 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.

Students who register individually cannot be guaranteed a place in the competition.

Study Materials

Brain Facts
Science of the Brain
Neuroanatomy Tutorial


  •  A maximum of three teams per school can register.
  •  Students 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 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 ($100/student on 1st place team, $50/student on 2nd place team, and $25/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 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 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?
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 but cannot but guaranteed a spot in the competition.
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.