20120302 Brain Bee 2012 Letter

20120302 Brain bee Letter

Dear Vancouver High Schools & High School Teachers,

We would like to invite all Vancouver high school students to participate in the 4

annual Vancouver Brain Bee! The Vancouver Brain Bee is a Spelling Bee styled-Neuroscience competition for high school students (grades 10-12) that tests knowledge of the brain and nervous system. This year, the Brain Bee will be held on

Saturday, April 28


at the Brain Research Centre (

2211 Wesbrook Mall, University of British Columbia

). The Brain Bee consists of two components, a written exam round and oral elimination rounds. All questions in both rounds are derived from the

Brain Facts Book

(link available on our webpage). All students participate in the written round and the top 5 scoring students continue on to participate in the oral rounds to determine the Vancouver champion. In addition to the competition, the Brain Bee is designed as an interactive day during which students are able to meet University-level professionals in Neuroscience and engage in Neuroscience-related demonstrations and discussions.

The Brain Bee was started in 1996 by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) as an initiative to raise public awareness in Neuroscience. Currently, Brain Bees take place in 30 countries all over the world and the competitions are organized in three tiers: local, national and international. The Vancouver Brain Bee is one of many local Canadian Brain Bees and the winner of this competition will go on to compete in the National competition in Hamilton, ON held at McMaster University in late May (flight expenses will be reimbursed to the winner and guardian by the National Brain Bee). The winner of the National Brain Bee will then go on to represent Canada in the International Brain Bee, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa in July.

Additional information on the Vancouver Brain Bee can be found on our

webpage, which includes registration information and links to the Brain Facts Book and a Vancouver Brain Bee Facebook group page. We will be regularly posting updates on our webpage so check back often for event details! Information on the National Brain Bee can be found at brainbee.ca.

We have also included a poster advertising the event and would appreciate this being posted at your school in order for us to reach all interested students.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at



The Vancouver Brain Bee 2012 Organizing Committee