Welcome to the 2018 New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge

2017 Brain Bee Challenge
2017 Brain Bee Challenge
2017 Brain Bee Challenge
2017 Brain Bee Challenge

An international challenge

The New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge (NZBBC) is a competition for high school students in year 11 to learn about the brain and its functions, discover the latest discoveries in neuroscience research, dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses and to find out about the exciting career opportunities brain research has to offer.

The NZBBC Programme aims to,

  • highlight what the brain does, how it functions and how important it is to everything we do and who we are as human beings. Simple knowledge of this nature provides self-esteem, dispels superstitions and misconceptions (for example topics such as where emotions reside), and explains the importance of enhancing your brain's potential through learning, exercise and avoidance of illicit drugs.
  • educate teachers and students on the latest scientific findings and to explain how important research and discovery is to our community, as well as to generally improve scientific literacy in our community.
  • provide opportunities for students from all areas of New Zealand to participate in the competition and to challenge all students to consider a career in Science and Neuroscience in particular.
  • promote the study of neuroscience as a multidisciplinary discipline (encompassing basic science, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, psychology, medicine and bio- and nano-technologies). The future of all fields of science is that disciplines that once seemed to have no relevance to one another are now coming together and science education is lagging behind this advance. Neuroscience can help bridge these disciplines.


The NZBBC provides current and accurate information on the latest advances in neuroscience research, its value to the community, and promote careers in science and technology.


To access the 2017 New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge official registration page click here.


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New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge (NZBBC) presented in association with the Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust

The NZBBC would like to thank our sponsors that make this event happen.