New Jersey high school students have an opportunity to prove their brain power by competing in the 2018 Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee.  Modeled after a traditional spelling bee, the Brain Bee is a live question and answer competition in which students are quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system.

The contest, which is open to all public and private New Jersey high school students in grades 9 through 12, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ. There is no cost to participate.

To become a contestant in the Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee, visit http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/BrainBee.html for registration information, competition rules and event details. Space is limited, therefore advance registration is required. To ensure adequate preparation time, students are urged to register as soon as possible.

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All competition questions are derived from the book Brain Facts, published by the Society for Neuroscience, which can be downloaded for free from the Society for Neuroscience Brain Bee website: http://www.brainfacts.org/about-neuroscience/brain-facts-book/. Questions about the event at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School can be directed to Dr. Michael Matise (matisemp@rwjms.rutgers.edu) or Ms. Joan Mordes (mordesja@rwjms.rutgers.edu) or call 732-235-5390.

The Central New Jersey Brain Bee contest is one of many scheduled in the United States and throughout the world leading up to the International Brain Bee. The regional contest is organized and judged by local members of the Society for Neuroscience, an international organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to advancing understanding of the brain and the nervous system. The contest aims to motivate young people to learn about the brain, capture their imagination and inspire them to pursue careers in brain-related fields.

The top three finishers will receive cash prizes and the first place winner will receive an expense-paid trip for two to compete in the National Brain Bee Competition March 16-18, 2018, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

The 2018 Central Jersey Regional Brain Bee is hosted by the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.