16 March 2012

To celebrate Brain Awareness Week, the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) has opened the first round of its competition across the country this week.

Initiated by The University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) in 2006, QBI now presents the ABBC each year.

The ABBC is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research and is the only neuroscience competition in the country for high school students.

During Round 1 of the competition, students sit a 40 minute multiple-choice quiz online at their school on a day and time to suit class timetables during Brain Awareness Week (12 March - 18 March) or in the following week (19 March - 23 March).

The ABBC tests student’s knowledge of facts they have learnt from the free downloadable book, about topics such as intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, ageing, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other neurological disorders facing our community.

Students who score well in the Round 1 quiz will be selected to progress to the Round 2 State Finals held at a university in each capital city, for a fun-filled day of team and individual challenges and activities.

The individual winners of each State Final progress to the ABBC National Finals. The two National Final Champions have the opportunity to compete in the International Brain Bee competition overseas.

Students can win great prizes for their schools and themselves. Prizes include travel and accommodation for winning students and their guardian to attend the Round 3 National Final and the International Brain Bee competition overseas.

Teachers may enter an individual student, a small or even their whole Year 10 class or less, for this great experience.

For more information, please visit http://www.abbc.edu.au
Mikaeli Costello
Franc Communications
Phone: +61 401 580 685
Email: mikaeli@franccom.com.au


Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) was established as a research institute of The University of Queensland in 2003. The Institute now operates out of a $63 million state-of-the-art facility and houses 33 principal investigators with strong international reputations. QBI is one of the largest neuroscience institutes in the world dedicated to understanding the mechanisms underlying brain function.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is recognised by the International Brain Bee competition held in the United States and winners of the ABBC may have the opportunity to participate in the international competition.

The ABBC is calling for entries for students wishing to become the 2012 Australian Brain Bee Champion.

Registration is free and teachers may nominate one student through to their whole Year 10 class.

Designed to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research, ABBC is the only neuroscience competition in the country for high school students was initiated by the Queensland Brain Institute in 2006.

International Brain Bee

The 2012 International Brain Bee (IBB) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. The Australian Brain Bee Challenge Champion and the New Zealand Brain Bee Champion are invited to attend the IBB with flights, accommodation and spending money for the Champion and an accompanying parent included as part of their prize. Conditions apply, please read Terms and Conditions.