Do you know that your brain is composed of billions of cells? How does your brain let you see, hear, and think? What happens to your brain when you’re sleeping? By participating in the Brain Bee, these are just a few of the things that you can learn about your brain and how it works!

What is the Brain Bee?

The Brain Bee is a yearly competition that tests students’ knowledge of brain-related (neuroscience) facts. As part of the Brain Bee, your neuroscience knowledge will be quizzed in a variety of fun and interesting ways.

Who may participate?

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) Regional Brain Bee is open to high school students (grades 9-12) living in New Brunswick and surrounding areas. Participation in this event is free. Students may only compete in one Regional Brain Bee each year, and it must be the Brain Bee that is closest to them geographically, so if your province does not currently host a Brain Bee, we would love to have you. Students can participate in the regional UNB Brain Bee more than once, providing they have not previously come in first place. However, winners can only compete in one national, and one international Brain Bee.

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Important Dates:

The Regional Brain Bee will be held in the Department of Psychology at UNB in Fredericton on Monday, April 10th, 2017. The first place winner of this Brain Bee will move on to the National Competition at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on May 27th, 2017. The winner of the National Competition will travel to Washington, DC to participate in the International Competition.


The first place prize includes a Muse EEG headset and a round-trip flight to, and accommodations in, Hamilton, Ontario. The winner’s name will also be engraved on the Brain Bee trophy, which can be displayed in the winner’s high school. The winner will also receive a first place plaque to take home.

The second and third place winners will also receive certificates to take home.

All participants will receive neuroscience goodies! In addition to participating in the Brain Bee, participants will also have the opportunity to hear from neuroscience experts and participate in an entertaining day of neuroscience- and psychology-related activities.

Study Materials:

The study materials for the competition consist of the “Neuroscience: Science of the Brain” primer on the brain and nervous system. It can be downloaded for free from the following link:

What’s next?

Join our mailing list to get more information about the University of New Brunswick Regional Brain Bee! We will let you know about registration and other event details. We will also make additional study materials and tutoring opportunities available. To learn more about the Brain Bee, please join our mailing list. Remember, joining the mailing list does not mean you will be forced to participate, just that you want to stay informed.

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