Jade Upton, the Queensland regional finalist for the 2017 A&NZBBC.

Sparking an interest in the brain

The Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge (A&NZBBC) is an annual competition for high school students in Year 10 that encourages learning about the brain.

Throughout the competition, students learn about the brain, its functions and neuroscience research. They are introduced to careers in neuroscience and investigate the misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.

Students participating in the competition gain access to current and accurate information on the latest advances in neuroscience research. They also develop an understanding of how neuroscience contributes to our community and improves the health of millions of people around the world.

The competition often sparks an interest for students to pursue a career in neuroscience.

All Year 10 students in Australia and Year 11 students in New Zealand are eligible to enter the competition. It runs through a series of rounds, with the finalist attending the International Brain Bee, which takes place at an international neuroscience/psychology conference the following year.

The A&NZBBC started in 2006 and in 2016, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function won the bid to host the A&NZBBC from 2017 to 2020.

2018 Competition

Date: 12-16 March 2018
Where: Your local secondary school in Australia and New Zealand
Who: Year 10 students
Cost: Free

Teacher registrations are open for round 1 of the Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge, a neuroscience competition for Year 10 students.

For this round, students study the book Neuroscience: Science of the Brain. An Introduction for Young Students by The British Neuroscience Association and Euro

pean Dana Alliance for the Brain. They then complete an online quiz in their schools under exam conditions to test their understanding of the structure and function of the brain.

Round 1 is held during Brain Awareness Week (12-16 March 2018), and administered by Education Perfect.

The national final will be held at the Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS) conference in Brisbane in early December 2018. The winner of the national final will compete in the International Brain Bee (IBB) to be held at a location overseas yet to be determined.

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