London Brain Bee

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Saturday April 22, 2017

About the London Brain Bee

High school students in London and surrounding area* from grades 9 through 12 are invited to compete in a one-day neuroscience outreach event at Western University in London, Ontario! This event is completely free for students. The London Brain Bee consists of a trivia competition, demonstrations of behavioural neuroscience experiments at the Brain and Mind Institute, mock patient diagnosis sessions and a neuroanatomy bell ringer featuring real human brain specimens!

About the trivia competition:

Students are provided with all study material required to prepare for the competition (see Preparing for the Brain Bee section below). During the competition question rounds, students will demonstrate what they have learned about the brain and neuroscience, including fascinating topics involving intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction and more! There will be 3 question rounds, each consisting of approximately 20 questions.  All competitors will participate in the first 2 rounds. However, only the top 3 competitors will advance to the third and final round.  In all of the rounds, competitors will be questioned as a group and given 30 seconds to respond (individually) to each question in written format. No one will be singled out. The competition will be fierce but fun!  Participating is a valuable experience that you can add to your resume – not to mention the great prizes! The winner of the London Brain Bee will advance to the Canadian National Brain Bee!


Beyond the competition:  We’ll be doing lots of exciting neuroscience activities just for fun! We’ll be doing a neuroanatomy scavenger hunt featuring real human brain specimens! Participants will be teamed up and provided with a neuroanatomy “cheat sheet” to use. The top team will win extra prizes! Students will also be doing mock patient diagnosis sessions with medical students.  Students will take on the role of a medical doctor to interview and diagnose patient actors.  This is also a great opportunity to get advice and have your questions answered by current medical students! Then students will have the chance to learn about the fascinating world of cutting-edge neuroscience research! We’ll be bringing students to Western’s Brain and Mind Institute for hands-on demonstrations of behavioural neuroscience experiments!DemonstrationsBell ringer

Want to know what we have planned?  See the 2017 London Brain Bee Program here

The London Brain Bee will be held at Western University in London, Ontario: Click Here for a Campus Map

* Please note that there are nearby local brain bee competitions.  Students may not compete in more than one local brain bee competition and should choose the competition that is geographically closest to their high school. If your high school is outside of London, please make sure that London is the closest Brain Bee to you before registering.

Time and Place

All students who have registered will be emailed all the details about the event.  Be sure to check your email regularly!


Register Here

The event is free and spots are limited.


Preparing for the Brain Bee

Students can start preparing immediately by studying from ‘Neuroscience: Science of the Brain’ which can be downloaded free in PDF format below. Questions can come from anywhere in the book: bolded terms, non-bolded terms, diagrams, boxes, etc.


What to Bring

Participants must register in advance on our website.  There will be no on-site registration on the day of the Brain Bee. All participants must bring a completed consent and media release form: Download the 2017 Consent & Media Form. In order to participate, students must hand in their completed consent and media release form when signing in at the Brain Bee.

All of the supplies for the day of the competition (whiteboards, markers, paper, pens, etc.) will be provided. A light breakfast, drinks, and a pizza lunch will be also provided.


Every participant will receive a t-shirt and prize bag from Western University.

The 1st place winner will receive a beautiful trophy to take home as a keepsake.  The 1st place winner of the Brain Bee will represent London at the Annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee to compete for the right to be called the BEST BRAIN in Canada. Neuroscience and Medical Students from Western University will help the winner prepare for the national event.  Additional exciting prizes are awarded at the national competition each year.

The winner of the CIHR Canadian Brain Bee will win a trip for two to represent Canada at the International Brain Bee competition to compete for the right to be called the BEST BRAIN in the World! In 2017, the International Brain Bee will be held in Washington, DC in August!

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See photos from the previous London Brain Bees here!

Congratulations to the Previous Winners
of the London Brain Bee!

2017 – Fay Chong
2016 – Berk Rasheed
2015 – Yao (Esa) Li
2014 – Brittany Smale
2013 – Melanie Colvin
2012 – William Klanac
2011 – Jamie Antonucci
2010 – Pei Jun Zhao
2009 – Stella Park


The London Brain Bee is proudly sponsored by:


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       The Department of Psychology        The Department of Physiology & Pharmacology


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