Halifax Brain Bee 2024

Halifax Brain Bee 2024

Calling all high school students of Nova Scotia! Sign up to participate in the brain bee. This is a national neuroscience competition and a great opportunity for anyone considering a career in health care.

Competition information:

  • When: Monday, March 11, 2024, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Where: Brain Repair Centre (1348 Summer Street Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2)

A couple of Neuroscience students at Dalhousie have also (tentatively) organized a review session to help you all prepare for the competition.

Review Session Information:

  • When: Thursday, March 7th 2024, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Where: Room C150 of the Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB; 5793 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2)

Feel free to DM us on Instagram @mapmentorship with any questions. Looking forward to meeting some talented students!

More information can be found below:

Halifax – Canadian National Brain Bee

Useful resources (all are free and online!):

Where to start

BrainFacts textbook: Provides you an introduction to the brain and nervous system with language that is easy to understand. Previous winners of the BrainBee also recommend this resource. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PVu3iCe_AUlDZHeMOwIq1adhrsCmsuR5/view


  1. Interactive Atlases: Allows you to virtually play around with the brain to learn more about the location of its structures! http://da.si.washington.edu/da.html
  2. Anatomy Atlases: Worksheet style practice to learn the anatomy of the brain, spinal cord, head, and neck. https://www.anatomyatlases.org/
  3. Imaios Online interactive atlas: Has examples of the brain in diagrams, MRI scans, and dissections to help you learn where everything is. https://www.imaios.com/en/e-anatomy
  4. BrainFacts.org interactive brain model: With this tool, you can build the brain in different layers to see how everything is positioned beside each other. https://www.brainfacts.org/3d-brain#intro=true


  1. Yale Nervous System Histology: Great resource that shows you different stains of important brain structures. https://medcell.org/histology/nervous_system_lab.php
  2. UC San Diego MedPics: Provides practice tests and examples of brain histology. https://medpics.ucsd.edu/index.cfm?curpage=main&course=hist&mode=review

Other Resources

  1. Neuroscience online (electronic textbook) https://nba.uth.tmc.edu/neuroscience/toc.htm
  2. University of Vermont study guide: List of resources and topics compiled by students that are deemed helpful for the Brain Bee. https://docs.google.com/document/d/15WVbebQvPDsv4Xf_AOtoUkdNFtf9VzVZG_S2jqdZJdA/edit
  3. BioNinja: This website is tried and true by the both of us. The human brain and behaviour sections are relevant and extremely useful. https://old-ib.bioninja.com.au/options/option-a-neurobiology-and/

Practice Problems

  1. Scioly: Do the Anatomy and Physiology tests from 2013 and 2017. https://scioly.org/tests/
  2. University of Maryland website: Has a pretty broad list of questions that are relevant to different areas of the Brain Bee. https://www.dental.umaryland.edu/brainbee/for-the-competitor/sample-questions/
  3. Brain Bee UK practice questions: Sample questions from tests that were previously used in the Brain Bee. http://brainbee-uk.com/?page_id=2356