Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - September/October 2012 - (Page 10)

building brain Power through the international brain bee W hen I was in eighth grade, I read a snippet in the local newspaper about a student who had placed third in the regional Brain Bee. The Brain Bee is a neuroscience-based competition in which high school students demonstrate how much they know about the brain. Having always been a math and science person, I thought the competition presented an opportunity to motivate myself to learn and study even more. When it came time for the following year’s competition, I signed up. The regional contest in my area is held at the University of Scranton. It involves answering questions—orally, elimination style—on general neuroscience, from brain development to the effects of drugs on the brain. The winner of the regional Brain Bee advances to the national competition, held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. I participated in the regional competition in ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades. I finished in the top 10 in ninth and tenth grades, and in second place my junior year. Then, in my senior year, I finally captured first place at the regional competition. by Aidan Crank There wasn’t much time to rest on my laurels, though. The national competition, less than a month away, required a much broader range of knowledge than the regional competition. The 45 participants would complete practicals in neuroanatomy and neurohistology, diagnose neurological diseases, analyze MRI films, and take both a written and an oral test. I spent countless hours in the library preparing. immersed in brain science For the first part of the competition, the neuroanatomy practical, we studied real human brains in a cadaver lab. At each of 25 stations, we each had one minute to identify an area of the brain and its primary function. In textbooks, parts of the brain are usually depicted in color for emphasis, but in reality, the 10 imagine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - September/October 2012

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - September/October 2012
Big Picture
In My Own Words
The Proper Care and Feeding of the Teenage Brain
Building Brain Power Through the International Brain Bee
CTY Neuroscience
Same and Different
Braingate: Turning Thoughts Into Action
Shedding Light on Schizophrenia
Unraveling the Mysteries of Memory
Through the Looking Glass
Selected Opportunities & Resources
Fencing Lessons
Off the Shelf
Word Wise
Exploring Career Options
One Step Ahead
Planning Ahead for College
Students Review
Creative Minds Imagine
Mark Your Calendar
Knossos Games

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - September/October 2012