COMPETITION

Atlanta Regional Brain Bee

When: Saturday, March 2, 2024, approximately 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Emory University, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences (PAIS) Building, 2nd Floor Lobby and Lecture Hall 290

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 exam for all participants, multiple oral rounds of competition, leading finally to the final Jeopardy-style rounds of competition.

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 10-12 based on written exam scores) will move on to the oral rounds of competition. In the oral rounds, 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 2023 USA Brain Bee Championship will be in-person – April 21-23, 2023, University of California, Irvine.

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 Brain Bee is critical for top performance!

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