For High School Student Competitors
Do you ever wonder
...what makes you who you are?
...how you can improve your memory?
...why we need sleep?
...what determines intelligence?
...how your brain is different from a computer?
...how your brain creates emotions?
...how eyes see and ears hear?
...why pain exists?
...how male and female brains differ?
...how scientists can see and hear changes in the brain?
Then consider participating in the International Brain Bee. Students that join our competition compete with teenagers from all over the world, win prize money, and visit some of the best brain research facilities in the world.
If you have read this far, you must think you've got what it takes to be the next International Brain Bee Champion! Each year, hundreds of high school students compete worldwide to find out who has the "best brain." The first step in the IBB competition is to contact your Local Brain Bee Coordinator and enter your local competition. (A list of local coordinators can be found here.) Local Bees can be held at any time throughout the year, but are most often held during the fall and winter of each year. The winners of all Local Brain Bees will be invited to their respective National Brain Bee, and the winner of each National Bee will be invited to the International Brain Bee Championship.
The Brain Bee is a program designed especially to stimulate high school students to learn about neuroscience; as such, we require our competitors to be currently enrolled in a high school program - grades 9 through 12. No student is allowed to participate in more than one Local Brain Bee each school year, and students are only allowed to compete in the International Brain Bee Championship once.
Students can prepare for any Local Brain Bee by studying the 2008 edition of Brain Facts, published by The Society for Neuroscience. This publication is available as a free download at SFN's homepage. It is also available as an audio version at http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=brainfacts_audio. (For a hardcopy of the document, please contact the SFN.) Winners can prepare for National and International Championships by also studying Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain. This book is translated into seventeen languages. Each Local and National Brain Bee is unique, and you should contact your specific coordinator for more information on procedures and rules in your area. A list of the Local and National Coordinators can be found here, and links to some of the IBB websites can be found here.
The International Brain Bee Championship
The IBB Championship involves six parts. The maximum score that a student can earn after the six parts is 100 points. The six sections of the IBB Championship are now being revised and reviewed by the IBB coordinators; the sections will be described here as soon as they have been finalized.