Who We Are

The Brown University Brain Bee is a competition designed to introduce high school students to the field of Neuroscience. During the competition, students are tested on their knowledge of various aspects of the brain, such as learning and memory, sleep, addiction, movement, and neurological disorders.

Why join us?

Brown Brain Bee: $200, paid trip to National Brain Bee

National Brain Bee: $1500 scholarship, a research internship with a neuroscientist, and a paid trip to the International Brain Bee.

Students learn about a diverse array of topics, including brain anatomy, the neuron, neurotransmitters, brain development, sense and perception; learning, memory, and language; movement, stress, sleep, aging, and neurological disorders.

The Brown Brain Bee is sponsored by Neurology Foundation, Inc., the Brown University Neuroscience Department, and the Biology Office of Undergraduate Education.

Get To Know Us

Materials

Students will be tested on material from Brain Facts, a primer published by the Society for Neuroscience. In addition, several review sessions will be held on campus at Brown University.

Brain Facts

Brain Facts is a free neuroscience primer publishd by the Society for Neuroscience. View the full pdf or view other options for obtaining a copy here.

Powerpoints

Prepared by Brown students, these powerpoints are helpful for studying the material for the Brain Bee.

Classes

Each week, Brown University students travel to local high schools to teach subjects in neuroscience. Our 2018-2019 class schedule will be posted soon. In the meantime, click here to view the 2017-2018 schedule. For specific directions to and around campus, click here.

Meet The Team

Our team of undergraduate coordinators helps to plan, teach, and host the Brown Brain Bee!

Gallery

For five years, Brown has hosted Rhode Island's only Brain Bee. Explore our adventures together through the years!

Face Paint

Face Paint

Showing off some stylish neuron face paint!

Virtual Reality Goggles

Virtual Reality Goggles

Looking into a different world with this virtual reality headset.

Future Scientist

Future Scientist

At the Brain Fair, kids can get hands-on with fun experiments.

Glasses

Glasses

He's very excited to be wearing these cool specs!

Memory Game

Memory Game

These girls put their memories to the test at the Brain Fair.

Stress Balls

Stress Balls

Releasing some tension with these make-your-own stress balls.

Spreading the Word

Spreading the Word!

Our volunteers coordinator Oliver talks to community members about the Brown Brain Bee program.

Pipe Cleaner Neurons

Pipe Cleaner Neurons

What better way to learn about brain cells than building one yourself?

2018 Brain Fair

2018 Brain Fair

Thanks to all who participated in the Brain Fair! Another amazing year, and we couldn't have done it without you.

Thinking Caps

Thinking Caps

These kids are getting ready to show off their brains with these paper hat crafts.

Brains on Display

Brains on Display

Yes, these are real brains!

Solid or Liquid?

Solid or Liquid?

Study these slimy substances at the Brain Fair.

Zooming In with Microscopes

Zooming In

Using these microscopes, you can see what the big deal is about these little exhibits.

HBS Brain Ambassadors

Brain Ambassadors

These brainy Henry Barnard School students can teach you a thing or two about neuroscience.

The Mind's Eye

The Mind's Eye

Learning the brain science behind vision.

Robot Arm

Robot Arm

Try your hand at this awesome robotic arm, and learn about some cutting edge neural engineering research while you're here.

2018 Brain Bee

2018 Brain Bee

Thank you to all of the students for participating and the volunteers for helping out!

The Competition

The Competition

Students are deep in thought during the 2018 RI Brain Bee competition.

2018 Winners

2018 Winners

The first, second, and third place winners. Great job everyone!

Clare

Clare

Clare Tyler, the 2018 RI winner, who went on to compete in the USA Brain Bee in Maryland!

James

James

James Weng, the second place winner, receives his trophy from Dorothy. Congratulations James!

Noah

Noah

Noah Liguori-Bills smiles as he accepts his third place trophy.

Silly Group Photo

Having Some Fun

All smiles after the 2018 competition!

STEM Panel Discussion

STEM Panel Discussion

RI high school students meet with Brown students to discuss brain science and studying STEM at the college level.

Brain Demo

Brain Demo

Brain Bee participants get a one-of-a-kind chance to examine real human brains.

Yurt

Yurt

Brown's virtual reality theater.

Anika

Anika

Anika won 2nd place in 2017.

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

Get up close and personal at the Brown Brain Fair.

2017

2017 Brain Bee

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2017 Brain Bee.

2015 Coorinators

2015 Coorinators

Thanks to our 2015 Coordinators!

Carin and Mac

Carin and Mac 2017

Thanks to our head coordinators, Carin and Mac.

Big Group

2015 Brain Bee

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2015 Brain Bee!

Kids With Brains

Brainy Kids

Kids look at brain at the 2017 Brown Brain Fair.

Daphne

Daphne

Daphne won 1st place in 2017.

Brain Bee

Practicing for the Bee

Students practice for the Brain Bee

Oculus Rift

Virtual Reality

Brown's VENlab offers a new perspective on neuroscience at the Brain Fair.

Girl

Thanks to our volunteers!

Our friends who teach every week came to volunteer for the Bee!

Brain Bee 2

Founder Tara Taroubi

Tara founded the Brown Brain Bee as a sophomore in 2012.

Hugs

Katheryne and Edily

Thanks to North Smithfield High for participating!

Pipecleaner Neurons

Pipecleaner Neurons

Graduate Students offer fun activities, like diy neurons!

Brain Bee Winners

2015 Winners

L to R: Stein, Emily, Sarah, Victoria, Tara

Learning

The Bee 2017

Participants listen as questions are read.

Good Pic

Graduate Student Judges

Graduate students judge the 2016 Brain Bee

Megan

Megan

Megan won 3rd place at the 2017 Brain Bee!

Carin Mac Girl

Second Place 2016

Second place: Victoria Marion, CHSE

Patrick

Judges 2017

Thanks to Dr. Patrick and our grad student judges!

2016 Big

2016 Brain Bee

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2016 Brain Bee!

Stein Teaching

Dr. Stein 2017

Thanks again to our host, Dr. Stein!

Studying

Writing Down Answers

Participants rush to answer a question!

Carin Mac Steph

Third Place 2016

Third place: Stephanie Nunez, CHSE

Winners 2017

Winners 2017

Shoutout to Daphne, Anika, and Megan!

Hand Off

Hand Off

Stein awards Victoria with the second place prize

Food

Food

We enjoy this sour ensemble while taste tripping on mircale berries!

Brain Fair

On March 19th, 2016, in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week and Brain Week RI, the Brown Brain Bee and the Cure Alliance for Mental Illness hosted the first annual Brain Fair, featuring interactive demonstrations about brain science from 28 labs and student groups! Over 600 people from Brown and the Providence community attended! Last year's Brain Fair was another huge success!

This year's brain fair will be Sunday, March 17th, 2019! Learn more about the RI Brain Week.

Events

Throughout the program, we have organized several "special events" which students have the opportunity to attend. These events allow students to relate content in lessons to the real world and to interact with graduate students, professors, and researchers within the Neuroscience Department at Brown.

Taste Tripping

"Taste Tripping" with miracle berries

Miracle berries contain a glycoprotein that bind to taste receptors, causing sour foods to taste sweet!

Yurt

Exploring DTI images in the Brown YURT

Brown's state of the art virtual reality theater is the perfect way to view diffusion tensor images (DTI).

Brain Demo

Getting hands on with the brain demo

Students had the opportunity to see real preserved human brains from the Brown Neuroscience Department.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us by emailing admin@brownbrainbee.org or filling out the form below. We'd love to hear from you!