The 2017 International Brain Bee World Championship
General Event Information
August 3-6, 2017
The American Psychological Association (APA) Convention
The Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. in the United States
NOTE: The travel and housing websites will not be open to Brain Bee Competitors until they are notified that they are registered for the Brain Bee Championship. The International Brain Bee is not responsible for travel nor housing support.
Each respective Regional Brain Bee Coordinator is responsible for registering their Regional Brain Bee Champion. Please complete both the WBB 2017 Registration Form and the IBB 2017 Regional Report Form when the Regional Brain Bee has been completed. (Note: the Report form must be completed even if you are not sending a competitor to the World Championship.)
The 2017 WBB Championship will involve five sections of competition, and the maximum score is 100 points.
Questions with Written Answers Part 1 (25%). Competitors will be given the same 25 questions orally one at a time. They will have 15 seconds to write the answers on a pad given to them. At the end of the 15 seconds, they will each read their answers out loud. Students can prepare by studying Neuroscience: the Science of the Brain (2003)
Human Neuroanatomy Practical (25%) This involves a whole human brain, sagittal half brain, or brain stem (or a model of one). 25 parts of the brain will be pointed to, and students must recall the names and/or functions of the indicated parts and write them on their answer sheets. Students can prepare by studying any basic neuroanatomy or neurophysiology textbook or atlas.
Neurohistology (5%) This involves competitors rotating through stations consisting of 10 histological sections of the brain and nervous system. Students must be able to recall the names of indicated cells and parts of the nervous system. Students can prepare by studying any basic neurohistology text book.
Patient Diagnosis (20%) Students will spend 5 minutes alone with each of 10 patient actors. By observing them, asking them 3 questions, and ordering 2 laboratory or clinical tests they are to diagnose the patient’s neurological disorder. Students can prepare by studying the basic signs, symptoms and diagnostic procedures for these disorders.
Questions with Written Answers Part 2 (25%) Competitors will be given the same 25 questions orally one at a time. They will be in the form of short case studies. They will have 20 seconds to write the answers on a pad given to them. At the end of the 20 seconds, they will each read their answers out loud. Students can prepare by studying Neuroscience: the Science of the Brain (2003).
Note: The five parts may not be in the order presented above. Details of each part may change depending on local circumstances and availability of resources