France Brain Bee Contest 2022
Opening date for registration : Monday 4 October 2021 // Closing date for registration: Saturday 5 February 2022
The France Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for high school students.
In addition to inspiring careers in neuroscience, the overall mission of the Brain Bee initiative is to teach students about the brain, its functions, and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illness. The competition is held in English.
- Students from 3rd to 12th grade can participate in this annual event.
- Only students studying in educational institutions on French territory are eligible to participate in the competition.
- Students of foreign nationality studying in educational institutions on French territory are eligible.
- The competition takes place on the site of the Paris Brain Institute, so a health pass is required to enter the building and participate in the competition.
Main training ressource : STUDY GUIDE: The study guide for 2022 France Brain Bee is : Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System, (Revised 2018 edition) published by the Society for Neuroscience.
It is available for free and downloadable at: https://www.brainfacts.org/the-brain-facts-book. Brainfacts.org has supplemental written and video material as well as 3D of the brain to help prepare for the brain bee. (http://www.brainfacts.org/For-Educators) Brain Facts (2018 edition) is also on francebrainbee.org along with useful videos on brain neuroanatomy and tutorials.
Visit francebrainbee.org to stay on top of any updates.
The competition will have four components: Written test, Patients diagnosis test, Neuroanatomy test and Neurohistology test.
A jeopardy test for the best of the 3 previous tests
1) Written test
This section of the test will consist of 30 multiple option questions. Please note that one or more answer might be correct, the student must identify all the correct answers. Point will be deducted for incorrect or partially correct answers.
2) Patients diagnosis section
The Patient Diagnosis Section consists of 6 videos of patients, each with one of the possible neurological or psychiatric disorders listed. The video will portray motor and/or other visual symptoms of the patient and a brief written history, as told by the patient / the family / the doctors, will be provided. Each disorder will be presented in a common form (no rare forms of the disorders).
After watching each video and reading the patient history, students should select the appropriate results of available clinical, laboratory, or imaging tests. The appropriate results for the tests will be readable immediately, for example, “Not used”, “Not indicative”, “Normal”, “Abnormal”, “Enlarged Lateral Ventricles”, “Tumor detected in the Occipital Lobe”, “Defective Huntingtin gene”, or other result, depending on the neurological disorder.
ATTENTION: We ask you to select as many tests as you think necessary. But, be careful when choosing tests. You will lose points if you choose a test that is “Not used” or “Not indicative”.
The task then is to diagnose the most likely disorder and to answer a series of questions related to the disorder.
Students are given 10 minutes total per diagnosis.
3) Neuroanatomy and Neurohistology test
During the neuroanatomy section, students should be prepared to name any structure presented in Chapter 1 of the “Neuroscience Essentials” publication and provide a general function for each, if presented in Chapter 1. Structures must be identified either in photos, brain models or in schemes.
For the neurohistology section, there will be photographs, each representing a thin section of any of the following human tissues.
Top 5 students in the first three sections will pass to the final Jeopardy section. In this ocassion the students will be presented with 15 questions.
In all cases questions will be read by the presenter and projected on the screen.
Students will have from 30 seconds to 2 minutes to provide their answer. The format of the questions will match the one used in the previous three sections.
International Brain Bee
The International Brain Bee (IBB) is an international neuroscience competition for high school students.
The winner of the France Brain Bee will qualify to participate in the 2022 International Brain Bee (IBB) World Championship, will take place in Paris at the Paris Brain Institute.
Brain Bee in your school..
Some schools have started Brain Bee or Neuroscience Clubs meeting regularly to review chapters and make friends. If your school or teacher does not know about the France Brain Bee and you want to sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help.
Remember, in the beginning starting small is better than starting big, so you don’t need a large number of students to make this happen at your school. With your participation and enthusiasm, we look forward to making history together and helping this competition take root in France !
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You can watch the video of the edition of the 2019 competition with the following link: Vidéo