The Department of Psychology at Indiana University Northwest is pleased once again to host a local Brain Bee competition in cooperation with participating high schools. Students from Hobart, Andrean, Hanover Central, Michigan City, and North Judson-San Pierre High Schools will converge at the IU Northwest campus Feb. 2 for a day-long contest that will tax their brains with questions about the brain.
This will be the fourth annual Brain Bee competition hosted by the IU Northwest psychology department. Last year, more than 65 students participated in the February event, the questions for which are based on the book “Brain Facts,” published by the Society of Neuroscience. These texts were supplied to local high school teachers before the event. Contest questions will pertain to subjects such as memory, intelligence, emotions, sensations, stress, and brain disorders.
The winner of this regional competition will have the opportunity to participate in the national contest next month at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.
The regional Brain Bee competition at IU Northwest takes place in advance of National Brain Awareness Week, which this year is scheduled for the week of March 12. National Brain Awareness Week was organized in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to alert the public to advances in neuroscience and to the importance of continued research and education. The week has become both a national and international event, involving programs developed by universities, hospitals, government agencies, research centers, and patient-advocacy groups in nearly 30 countries.
IU Northwest is proud to be a part of this international effort to interest students and the public in important neuroscience issues. This is the fourth year that the University has hosted a regional Brain Bee contest, which allows students to compete individually and as part of their school team. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 at Raintree Hall, Room 102, on the IU Northwest campus.