When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 (with a “snow” date of February 29)

Where: Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Different locations for the three events and from previous years’ events – please check your registration for each location!) Emory Interactive Maps

Eligibility: Georgia students ages 13 to 19 years of age are welcome to participate. Students from neighboring states that do not hold their own Brain Bees may compete as well. Participants may only compete in one regional Brain Bee competition per year. Participants are only allowed to compete in the National Brain Bee and International Brain Bee once in their lifetime.

Format: The Brain Bee will consist of a preliminary written round and a final oral round. All students will participate in the written round, which consists of a mix of multiple-choice and short answer questions. These exams will be graded on-site and the top-performing students (approximately 10) will go on to the oral round. In the oral round, the students will be asked questions one by one and must answer aloud. A student will be eliminated from the competition after answering two questions incorrectly.

The top three finishers will receive monetary prizes.

The last remaining student will be named the Atlanta Regional Brain Bee Champion and will be eligible to compete in the National Brain Bee. The 2020 USA Brain Bee Championship will be held at the Northeast Ohio Medical School on March 27, 28 and 29, 2020. The Coordinator is Dr. Dana Peterson.

Preparation: Sign up for one (or both!) of our Saturday workshops. Questions from the written and oral rounds are based on Brain Facts, a primer on the brain and nervous system that is published by the Society for Neuroscience. Brain Facts is available for download as a PDF at the link above. It may also help to look at the sample questions released on the International Brain Bee website. Finally, as any neuroscientist knows, getting a good sleep the night before the Bee is critical for top performance!