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The Canadian National Brain Bee, including local and national level competitions, will be virtual in 2021.

Both Local and National Brain Bee competition dates will be in early June 2021.

Local Brain Bee competition date for the local Brain Bees, including the New Brunswick Brain Bee: Friday, June 4, 2021.

The winners of each Local Brain Bee will advance to the National competition the next day.

Canadian National Brain Bee competition date: Saturday, June 5, 2021.

There will be only these two sets of study materials for BOTH local and national competitions.

All of the questions will come from these two books:
1.  “Neuroscience: Science of the Brain
2.  “Brain Facts” (2018 edition)

 For your interest (this part will not be tested), here is an introduction to the Neuroscience: Science of the Brain which includes authors, etc.

We will post registration details and a schedule for June 4 and 5, 2021 here soon.

You can also consult the National Brain Bee website:

Check out photos from previous competitions here:


What is the Regional Brian Bee?

The Regional Brain Bee – an exciting neuroscience competition (similar to a spelling bee) for high school students grades 9-12. 

Participating in the Brain Bee is a fantastic way to test your knowledge on everything associated with the brain, alongside your peers. In addition to competing in the Regional Brain Bee, you will also have the opportunity to interact with experts in the field of neuroscience and participate in a fun filled day of brief neuroscience and psychological experiments. 

You have registered for the Brain Bee, what now?

Preparing for the competition, you will independently (unless otherwise coordinated by your teachers) study subjects such as but not limited to; memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain imaging, neurology, neurotransmitters, genetics, and discover how to identify numerous diseases of the brain. Not to worry! In addition to the study material provided upon registering, you will also have access to our Brain Bee team for extra support when needed.

First-place winner of our Regional Brain Bee at UNB will receive a prize (to be determined) and will be invited to compete at the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee in Ontario at McMaster University on May 22 and 23, 2020 (including round-trip flights and accommodations for the winner and one guardian).

The purpose of this competition is to help engage developing minds and encourage neuroscience exploration as a possible career path. It is also a notable experience that you can use to enhance your resume!

To look back on your Brain Bee experience fondly, at the end of the day you will receive some souvenirs to take home!

Local Brain Bee eligibility

  • Students can compete in only one Regional Brain Bee per year.
  • Student can participate in the Regional UNB Brain Bee more than once, provided they have not previously come in first place.
  • Students must compete in the Regional Brain Bee closest geographically to their high school. (If your province does not currently host a Brain Bee, we would love to have you.)
  • Students can compete in the Canadian National Brain Bee and the International Brain Bee only once.

Study materials

The study materials for the competition consist of the “Neuroscience: Science of the Brain” primer on the brain and nervous system.

Interested students are welcome to use "Bright Lights in Neuroscience", an online study tool, to test their knowledge of neuroscience.

Find out more

Like and follow our Facebook page to get more information about the University of New Brunswick Regional Brain Bee! We will let you know about registration and other event details as the date approaches. We will also make additional study materials and tutoring opportunities available. Remember, following our Facebook page does not mean you have registered to participate, just that you want to stay informed.

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