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About the London Brain Bee

High school students in London and surrounding area from grades 9 through 12 are invited to compete*!  Whether or not you aim to win the competition, the London Brain Bee is always a fun-filled day of interactive, hands-on learning!

About the competition: Students are provided with all study material required to prepare for the competition. 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.  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 at McMaster University in Hamilton on May 30th!

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 anatomy "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! 


Want to know what we have planned?  Click Here for the 2015 London Brain Bee Program

The London Brain Bee will be held at Western University: 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.


Register Here to Secure Your Spot!


In order to participate, students must register below.  There are less than 10 spots remaining!

There will be no on-site registration on the day of the Brain Bee.

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All participants will be e-mailed details about the Brain Bee (place, time, etc.) following registration.

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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.

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Please note: We are no longer using the Brain Facts book for 2015.  Students should study from Neuroscience: Science of the Brain only.


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 Consent & Media Release Form. In order to participate, students must hand in their completed consent and media relsease 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 traveling trophy plaque engraved with the winner's name, school and year to be displayed in the trophy case at their school for a year.  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.  The Canadian National Brain Bee will be held at McMaster University in Hamilton on May 30th, 2015. 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 2015 International Brain Bee competition in Australia to compete for the right to be called the BEST BRAIN in the World!



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See photos from the 2014 London Brain Bee here!


Congratulations to the Previous Winners of the London Brain Bee!

2014 - Brittany Smale

2013 - Melanie Colvin

2012 - William Klanac

2011 - Jamie Antonucci

2010 - Pei Jun Zhao

2009 - Stella Park



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Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 17:16