COMPETITION

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Atlanta Regional Brain Bee will be modified from its in-person structure to be held as a virtual event. 

When: 

Opening Round, Written Portion Online – must be completed within one-hour – online access will be made available to registrants March 2 and 3, 2021.

Final Round, Virtual Oral Competition – for those that are promoted from the Opening Round – Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Where: All 2021 events will be held virtually online. Technical support will be made available to any participants in need of internet and/or computer (with live video camera) access if requests are made in advance. 

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 with advance approval. 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 registrants will participate in the written round, which consists of a mix of multiple-choice and short answer questions.The top-performing students (approximately 10) will go on to the final oral round. In the oral round, the students will be asked questions one by one and must answer aloud.

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 2021 USA Brain Bee Championship will be held virtually April 9-11, 2021. 

Preparation: Sign up for one (or both!) of our virtual 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 Brain Bee is critical for top performance!

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