Brain Bee


The Alachua Brain Bee is neuroscience based Q&A competition for high school students. Questions will be based on information found in Brain Facts and Neuroscience: Science of the Brain. Topics covered include neural development, learning and memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, neuroanatomy, and neural disorders. The first place winner will qualify to attend the United States National Brain Competition in March. Depending on funding, the winner of the Brain Bee will receive money to travel to this event.

How to Prepare – Study Materials

The questions for this competition will come from information found in the Brain Facts and Neuroscience: Science of the Brain textbooks.  Download the free EBOOK by clicking the title of each book!


  • Recording devices are not allowed during the question and answer period.
  • You can only compete in one local Brain Bee per year.
  • A student can only compete in the National Brain Bee competition once.
  • Part of the competition requires pre-recording and submitting an answer to a question that will be provided to participants beforehand, with the chance of winning additional prizes for highest scores in this section (Sponsored by UF BREATHE)
  • A student will have 30 seconds to answer each question.
  • The moderator can repeat the question once.
  • If there are multiple correct answers to the question, the answer can be overruled by the panel of judges.
  • Contestants will each take turns answering questions. Each question is assigned a point value. (1=Easy, 2=Medium, 3=Hard)
  • The competitor with the most points at the end wins.
  • In the event of a tie, a tie breaker round will occur. Questions will be asked to each contestant, until one answers incorrectly. The other contestant must answer the next question correctly to win. If both contestants answer incorrectly, the round will continue.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does registration open?
    • We are actively recruiting students, and registration is open now until Monday, November 21, at 11:59pm.
  • Who is eligible to participate?
    • This event is for both middle school- and high school-aged students, with only those aged 13-18 being eligible to participate.?
  • Is there a cost to register?
    • No! This Brain Bee is funded by the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida.
  • Will there be review sessions?
    • Study materials for the event as well as virtual study sessions will be provided to all participants at no cost to them.
  • Do the winner go to the National Brain Bee Event?
    • Compared to past year’s events, the winner is not being sent to the national brain bee event; rather will receive a cash prize of up to $300, with cash prizes of lesser value also being rewarded to 2nd and 3rd place winners.
  • Have any other questions?