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(Quelle: The DANA Foundation; Society for Neuroscience)

Brain Bee Competition

Have you heard of the “Brain Bee”?        

No, its nothing dangerous but something very challenging and infectious is going on at the GISW.

The International Brain Bee was founded in 1999 as a world-wide neuroscience competition for high school students. The Brain Bee motivates students to learn about the brain, captures their imaginations and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers in order to help find cures for neurological and psychological disorders.                  

There are currently about 175 Local Chapter Brain Bee coordinators in more than 50 countries across 6 continents which conduct competitions annually. The winner of each Local Chapter Bee is invited to attend their respective Regional Brain Bee competition, and the winner of each Regional Brain Bee is invited to compete in the International Brain Bee World Championship. The Championship takes place in a different country each year and this year (2019) it will be hosted by the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Berlin, Germany.

Brain Bees test one's knowledge of the human brain and include such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addictions and brain research. The local competitions are in the question-and-answer format based on material from a book that can be downloaded free from the Internet. The championship competitions may involve a neuroanatomy laboratory session with actual human brains, neuro histology with microscopes, brain imaging identification and patient diagnosis with patient actors.

Participants in the neuroscience course at GISW will do theoretical and practical research to prepare for the competition, and much more.

Goals:

  • Preparation for and participation in the “Brain Bee” Competition
  • Spark an interest in careers of the neurosciences
  • Deepen and advance the understanding of neurological topics in biology class
  • Promote critical thinking, collaboration and innovation

Execution:

  • Preparation for the Brain Bee competition based on study materials and workshops organized by the Neuroscience Society
  • Lab courses in neuroanatomy using models of the brain and real tissue
  • Practical teamwork using the "Backyard Brain" program
  • Visiting the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (Mind Brain Institute) in
  • Washington D.C.
  • Collaboration with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Internship program)

 

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