What is the Brain Bee?


Students first participate in a computerized preliminary competition which occurs at an arranged time at their own school. The top 30 students from the Preliminary Competition will then progress to the State Competition held the following week.

At both the Preliminary and State Competitions, the students are asked questions from the material in the book Brain Facts published by the Society for Neuroscience. Brain Facts is available online for downloading at http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=brainfacts.

The types of questions asked deal with such topics as: brain anatomy, neurodegenerative diseases, addiction, sleep and memory.

The first place winner of the State Competition gets an all-expense paid trip to Baltimore, Maryland to compete at the National Competition, in addition to his/her first place prize. Second and third place winners are awarded great neuroscience related prizes.


The winner of the State Competition becomes eligible to compete at the National Competition in Baltimore, Maryland. This is an all-expense paid trip for the winner and one adult chaperone. In addition to the competition, students will participate in activities at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, tour the National Institutes of Health, participate in lectures given by noted neuroscientists and be eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes.

The National Competition tyically occurs . For more information, check out their website at http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=baw_brain_bee.