The British Brain Bee is a non-profit organisation that promotes outreach neuroscience initiatives at schools across the UK. For the last three years we have been running an annual school student competition called the British Brain Bee (www.brainbee-uk.com). We are proud to be the only initiative to provide a unique opportunity to help young people recognise how neuroscience relates to their everyday lives and their health as well as to show them why neuroscience matters.
The British Brian Bee aims and mission match the aspiration of government to increase science interest in local communities. In addition, we strive to:
What do we do?
The British Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for young students in grades 9-13. The Brain Bee aims to promote neurosciences and grow a generation of future leaders in science who will be able to tackle various brain diseases, including Alzheimer's.
The competition is comprised of 4 parts: neuroanatomy test, neurohistology test, patient diagnosis test, a written multiple-choice question exam, and a live question and answer exam. Students are tested on the knowledge about the brain, neuroscience research, and neurochemistry. Topics include memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain imaging, neurology, neurotransmitters and other neurochemical signaling molecules, genetics, and brain disease. The winner will advance to the International Brain Bee, to be held annually in summer.
The educational nature of the event may further change public misconceptions about the brain and, by bringing experts and public together, it will help bridge the gap between public and science in general.