SCRANTON — Ask a ninth-grade Brain Bee participant to define “cerebrum,” and he or she will tell you it 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 the definition according to “Brain Facts,” a book about the brain and nervous system published by the Society for Neuroscience – the source of questions for the annual competition open to students in grades 9 through 12.
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. The snow date is Saturday, Feb. 10.
Sponsored by the Neuroscience Program at The University and the Scranton Neuroscience Society, the Brain Bee is offered free of charge. Registration is required to participate and the deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 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, visit bit.ly/2CW5aFE or contact Robert Waldeck, neuroscience program director and associate professor of biology at the university, at 570-941-4324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.