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