On Saturday, January 16, 2016, California State University, East Bay in Hayward hosts the 5th Annual Bay Area Brain Bee, a Q&A competition focused on neuroscience for high school age students. The aim is to motivate kids to learn about the brain and introduce these future pioneers to the wide variety of career opportunities.
Where to Bee-gin
Learning is something that happens in the brain, and neurosciences tells us how the brain works. That seems like a lot of complex material to cover so it's never too early to start preparing the next generation of Bee masterminds. Here are some suggestions on FUN and educational ways to introduce the vast field of neuroscience early in a child's school years.
- Crafts make a neuron and brain model
- Cooking create an edible neuron from Jell-O or pizza
- Games both indoors and outdoors
- Online videos such as Kahn Academy and CrashCourse
- Visit a museum for great hands on exhibits such as the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Exploratorium, California Academy of Science, Lawrence Hall of Science, Chabot Space and Science Museum
- Bay Area Science Festival
- Open your own doors by contacting local companies, such as The Buck Institute and BioMarin, for a tour, meet a scientist, and other information and reach out to local universities
There are currently about 150 Local Brain Bee coordinators in 30 countries worldwide that conduct competitions annually. The winner of each Local Bee is invited to attend the National Brain Bee competition in his or her own country, and the winner of each National Bee is invited to compete in the International Brain Bee Championship.
Sign ups for science savvy high school aged scholars are now welcome.
When: Saturday, January 16, 10am-3pm
Where: California State University, East Bay in Hayward, 10a start time meeting in North Science room 120. Tours of the neuron recording lab, magnetic field stimulator, and laser scanning confocal microscope given after the Brain Bee competition.
Cost: Free to all
Website: Bay Area Brain Bee
Contact and Registration: Please register in advance online at Bay Area Brain Bee. Lunch will be provided to registered participants and a guardian.
Awards: 1st place receives a CSUEB hoodie, a check for $150, and expenses paid to participate in the National Brain Bee at the University of Maryland.