The University of Alberta Brain Bee competition is a live trivia challenge to determine who is the "best brain" on such topics as intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, Alzheimer's, and stroke.
Similar in format to a spelling bee, students are asked to answer questions from the Society of Neuroscience's Brain Facts book
(PDF version), and audio formats.
Prizes and trophies are awarded to the top three students at the University of Alberta.
The top student from the UofA competition is sent to the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee competition.
The top student at the national competition then represents Canada at the International Brain Bee (IBB).
The international competition attracts participants in Grades 9-12 from around the world, including the United States, Canada, India, Australia, and Great Britain.
The winner of the International competition receive a monetary award and a summer internship in a neuroscience laboratory.