What is the Brain Bee Challenge?
The Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC & NZBBC) is a competition for high school students in Years 10 (Australia) and 11 (New Zealand) to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.
When is it?
Students are encouraged to begin interacting with the learning material as soon as they are registered with EP. The Round 1 Assessment for the Brain Bee Challenge will run from 1st March 2022 - 9th April 2022.
Who can enter?
The competition is open to all high school students in Years 10 (Australia) and Year 11 (New Zealand).
How do I enter?
Complete the form above & we will be in touch via email with next steps. Please note the form is for teachers only - students will need to register via their teacher.
How much does it cost?
It is completely free for all Year 10 (AUS) and Year 11 (NZ) students to compete in the Brain Bee Challenge.
How can I prepare for the competitions?
Learning resources for round one can now be found in the Science Content Library of Education Perfect here. Students who complete round 1 with a high score may be selected by the Brain Bee Regional Coordinators to take part in Round 2, which will involve further study materials on Education Perfect and a second online assessment moderated by the Regional Coordinator. Rounds 3 and 4 are not currently managed or hosted by EP.
Are there any prizes?
All students who sit the Round 1 assessment will receive a personalised certificate showcasing their participation in the Brain Bee Challenge.
Students study through Education Perfect (Brain Bee lessons can be found here). They then complete an online quiz to determine their knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the brain.
Students who achieve a high score in Round 1 are invited to attend a full day of activities at a university campus/research institution in their capital city. As well as participating in two rounds of live questioning to determine who will become the state/region champion, students also have a day filled with activities to educate them about neuroscience and associated research.
Students compete in 4 challenges, including an anatomy challenge, a written short answer challenge, a patient diagnosis challenge and a live question and answer challenge. Students also have the opportunity to attend ANS scientific sessions and meet with scientists, researchers and students involved in neuroscience.
Round 4 is the International Brain Bee (IBB). The IBB is held at an international neuroscience/psychology conference and in the past has been held in places such as America and Italy.