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Please check back in January to see when the 2018 University of Waterloo Brain Bee will be held. This year will be our 10th anniversary!

Congratulations to last years University of Waterloo Brain Bee winner Nikhil Patil from Waterloo Collegiate Institute. Nikhil went on to compete at the National Brain Bee held at McMaster University. Congratulations Nikhil! 


A Brain Bee is a competition for high school students, where competitors answer questions about the brain and neuroscience. Students study topics on memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain imaging, neurology, neurotransmitters, genetics, and brain disease (just to list a few). They then compete in a one-day competition with other local students to determine a winner, who may proceed to the national or international competition.

The University of Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology is proud to host the 9th annual UW Brain Bee. It is an exciting opportunity for students to learn about the brain and the importance of brain research. It also provides the opportunity to visit the University and to meet some of our students and professors who are involved with these areas.


The competition at the University of Waterloo is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in the Region of Waterloo. Please register online early as there is limited space.


The 2018 University of Waterloo Brain Bee date will be posted in January. Please check back.


The 10th University of Waterloo Brain Bee will be held in the AHS Expansion Building Room 1689, at the University of Waterloo. See this on the UW campus map.

Parking is available in Lot “N” ($5) , or for free in Lot “X” behind the Optometry building on Hagey Boulevard (approx. 5 min. walk). Please refer to the UW campus map (Lot X is at top of map; scroll or use arrow keys to see full map).

What to Expect?

Lots of fun, 1st, 2nd place prizes ($400.00 and $100.00 respectively), a great chance to visit the university. Experience your next steps to stardom! There will be gift packages for all participants. Lunch and snacks will be provided for all participants.

The quiz will take place using “clickers” that involve pressing a button to indicate your answer (multiple choice). Your answer will not be available to any of the other competitors or the audience. A computer will tally the results. All results are confidential and anonymous.

Your family and friends are welcome to come.


1. Go to our website for more information and to register: University of Waterloo Brain Bee 

2. Download this years study guide and study the information contained in this book (Neuroscience: Science of the Brain)

3. For assistance with studying here is a link to the International Brain Bee page containing some sample questions: International Brain Bee 

4. We have a new study guide this year, however previous years have used Brain Facts and this can still be used as a resource.

Congratulations to the 2017 Brain Bee winners

The winner of the local Brain Bee will compete in the National Brain Bee at McMaster University. The winner of the National Brain Bee will compete in the International Brain Bee (IBB) where competitors across the globe will compete for international title and prizes.

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