Brain Bee Contest Bootcamp 2023-24

Last Update: Apr. 23, 2023

About this Bootcamp

The featured bootcamp on the Brain Bee contest at Maplewood Academy is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in this exciting neuroscience competition. The course covers a wide range of topics related to the brain and nervous system, including anatomy, physiology, neuroscience research, and common neurological disorders. Through a combination of lectures, interactive quizzes, and hands-on activities, students will develop a deep understanding of the brain and how it functions. Additionally, the course will help students to develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and study skills, which are essential for success in the Brain Bee and beyond. By the end of the course, students will be well-prepared to compete in regional Brain Bee competitions, and to continue their exploration of the fascinating field of neuroscience.

About Brain Bee

The Brain Bee contest is an international neuroscience competition for high school students that tests their knowledge of the brain and nervous system. The competition was founded in 1998 by Dr. Norbert Myslinski, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, with the goal of inspiring students to pursue careers in neuroscience and related fields. Participants are quizzed on a wide range of topics including brain anatomy, function, diseases, and current research. Regional winners go on to compete in national and international competitions, where they have the opportunity to meet leading neuroscientists and engage in scientific discussions. The Brain Bee has grown in popularity over the years, and now takes place in over 50 countries around the world.


  • High school student (Grade 9-12).
  • Interested in biology and neuroscience.

Date and time

Time of the contest for 2024 will be updated later.


Toronto local brain bee will be held at the University of Toronto.

Topics Covered

1Chapter 1: Brain basics
2Chapter 2: Sensations and perceptions
3Chapter 3: Movement
4Chapter 4: Learning, memory, and emotions
5Chapter 5: Thinking, planning, and language
6Chapter 6: Brain development
7Chapter 7: Infant, child, and adolescent brain
8Chapter 8: Adult and aging brain
9Chapter 9: Brain states
10Chapter 10: Body in balance
11Chapter 11: Childhood disorders
12Chapter 12: Psychiatric disorders
13Chapter 13: Addiction
14Chapter 14: Injury and illness
15Chapter 15: Neurodegenerative diseases
16Chapter 16: Kinds of research
17Chapter 17: Solving human problems
18Chapter 18: Neuroscience in society

Sample Questions

What part of the brain controls heart rate? the hindbrain, midbrain or forebrain?

Answer: Hindbrain.

About how many disorders of the brain and nervous system are there?

A. 200

B. 500

C. 1000

D. None of above

Answer: C. 1000

Which of the two types of photo receptor cells conveys the sense of color?

Answer: Cones.

Except for maintaining vital functions, our brains stop functioning during sleep. True or false?

Answer: False

Name a type of dementia in the elderly that is named after a German neurologist.

Answer: Alzheimer’s disease

In the term REM sleep, what do the letters “REM” stand for?

Answer: Rapid eye movement.

Additional Info

Canadian National Brain Bee Website:

International Brain Bee Website:

Toronto Brain Bee Website:

Note: The class schedule and topics are subjected to change. Please consult this page frequently.

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