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Registration is now open for the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s (MPFIN) 2013 Brain Bee Challenge on Saturday, February 9. This will be the second year for the annual event, which brings together Palm Beach and Martin County students in grades 9-12 for a “different kind of brainstorm.” Sponsored by The Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund, the Brain Bee is an oral competition that is similar to a spelling bee in format and designed to test students’ knowledge of neuroscience through a series of questions on topics such as memory, intelligence, stress, emotions and brain disorders. Students can prepare for the competition, which will include a written portion, by honing up on the book “Brain Facts” published by The Society of Neuroscience.

The first place winner will be awarded with $200; second place with $125; and third place wins $75. The top winner will also receive a trip to the National Brain Bee Competition in Baltimore, MD in March timed to coincide with National Brain Awareness Week.

“The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is deeply committed to expanding and enriching science education programs at all age levels, and it’s exciting to be able to host this year’s program in our new building,” said Dr. Ana Fiallos, MPFIN’s Head of Education Outreach. “Our inaugural Brain Bee Challenge was a great success, and we’re looking forward to even more high school entrants this year.”

This year’s event will be held in the atrium of MPFIN’s new 100,000 sq. ft. research facility located on the FAU MacArthur campus in Jupiter. There is no cost to enter. For more information on the 2013 Brain Bee Challenge, please visit http://www.maxplanckflorida.org/brain-bee/

 

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