University of Scranton-Brain Bee Competition for High School Students Set

University of Scranton-Brain Bee Competition for High School Students Set

Ask any ninth-grade Brain Bee participant and she – or he – will tell you “the cerebrum is the largest part of the human brain and is associated with higher-order functioning that includes the control of voluntary behavior such as thinking, perceiving, planning and understanding language.” That is according to “Brain Facts,” a book about the brain and nervous system published by the Society for Neuroscience that is the source of questions for the annual competition open to students in grades 9 through 12.
The Brain Bee participant can also tell you that “infants sleep up to 18 hours per day, while older adults may sleep only six to seven hours.”
The University of Scranton will host the 19th annual Northeast PA Brain Bee on Saturday, Feb. 3. The competition will begin at 1 p.m. in the Loyola Science Center on the University’s campus.
Sponsored by the Neuroscience Program at the University and the Scranton Neuroscience Society, the Brain Bee is offered free of charge, however, registration is required to participate. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 31.
The competition encourages high school students to study the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movements, stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders. All questions for the competition will be drawn from “Brain Facts.”
In previous years, students competing represented schools from throughout Northeast Pennsylvania, including: Abington Heights High School, Lackawanna Trail High School, MMI Preparatory School, Parkland High School, Pittston Area High School, Pocono Mountain East High School, Riverside Junior/Senior High School, Stroudsburg Area High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, Western Wayne High School, Wyoming Area High School and Valley View High School, among others.
For more information or to register online, visit https://sites.google.com/site/nepabrainbee/ or contact Robert Waldeck, Ph.D., neuroscience program director and associate professor of biology at the University, at 570-941-4324 or robert.waldeck@scranton.edu.
Snow date for the Brain Bee is Saturday, Feb. 10.

(Information from Stan Zygmunt) 


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