The 2017 Ottawa Brain Bee

The 2017 Ottawa Brain Bee: Saturday, April 29!

What is the Brain Bee?

The Brain Bee is a knowledge & trivia competition about the brain and neuroscience for high school students. Participants receive free study material and prizes are awarded to the top participants. The student placing first in the Ottawa Brain Bee wins a PAID internship in a Neuroscience research lab at Carleton University, AND represents Ottawa at the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee at McMaster University. The winner of the National competition wins a cash prize, and internship, and an expense-paid trip for two to compete in the International Brain Bee.

Competition is strong and there are currently 16 regional events in Canada that feed into the National competition, with 24 countries sending their winner to the International Brain Bee. To have the best chance at succeeding nationally, participants have to start studying and training well in advance. The strongest National competitors have historically from cities with Brain Bee clubs so that the students can support each other in learning the material and practicing for the event.

All training materials are freely available online, and you can find a suggested study guide on our study resources page which will be used by the clubs for group study. If you are planning on attending a study session, please let the coordinator know you will be attending

How do I prepare for the Ottawa Brain Bee?

There are now two after-school "Neuro Clubs" that help students learn about the brain, prepare for the Brain Bee, and get involved in brain-health related community activities, at the following locations:

    Mother Teresa High School, (440 Longfields Dr, Nepean, ON K2J 4T1) on THURSDAYS at 3pm. Start Day: November 3rd, room TBA. Teacher Sponsor: email hidden; JavaScript is required
    All Saints High School (5115 Kanata Ave, Kanata, ON K2K 3K5), WEDNESDAYS at 3pm in room 242, 2nd floor right near the stairs at the main entrance to the school. Teacher sponsor: email hidden; JavaScript is required
There are also Brain Bee Prep Sessions at Carleton University, every other Saturday, from 1-4pm in the Science Student's Success Center (SSSC) in HerzBerg Rm 3431 which run till the end of March. You can download the schedule of sessions HERE. If you would like to receive notifications about these sessions please sign up here: Carleton University Brain Bee Sign-up

From April 1st to 22nd, Carleton hosts Brain Bee Intensive Review Sessions, EVERY Saturday from 1-4pm in the SSSC. These 3 hour sessions help highlight and reinforce important learning, and give students a chance to partake in practice quizzes and mock patient interviews. Please email us at the address below if you plan on attending.

How do I Register for the Brain Bee?

The Brain Bee is free, however this year we are implementing a refundable $20 registration fee. This fee will be refunded on the day of the event if you participate. Because it takes a lot of planning and volunteer effort, and because we feed participants lunch, we need to ensure that only committed students are signing up for the Brain Bee Event. (You are more than welcome to attend the Carleton Prep Sessions or after school Neuro Clubs, with no obligation to compete in the Brain Bee.) You can sign up for the Brain Bee event by attending a Saturday Session in April at Carleton University, and provide your $20 deposit at that time. If you participate on April 29th, your deposit will be refunded. You must register by Saturday, April 22 to participate in the Brain Bee on April 29th. If you cannot attend a session at Carleton in April, but want to compete, contact us at the link below to discuss options.

Attending Brain Bee prep sessions or neuro clubs is a great experience for high school students, whether or not they choose to participate in the Brain Bee. Our neuro clubs and prep sessions are a great way to learn about the brain, mental health and the latest in neuroscience research. You will have an opportunity to interact with graduate students who can provide advice and support on applying for university and choosing programs. Our Brain Bee participants that go on to do an undergraduate degree in neuroscience or psychology have a real advantage in their first and second year university courses. Of course, winners get a great addition to their CVs, and invaluable experience in a research lab!

Questions? Contact us at: email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.

Please visit our pages from previous Brain Bees with information about the competitions as well as our previous winners:

Previous Brain Bees

2012 Ottawa Brain Bee
2013 Ottawa Brain Bee

  • 2014 Ottawa Brain Bee
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