South Washington County Schools

Ten Woodbury High School students place in state Brain Bee

WHS Brain Bee Students

South Washington County Schools is pleased to announce that 10 Woodbury High School students recently attended the Minnesota Brain Bee. This competition took place at the University of Minnesota with students from around the state. Of the 10 Woodbury High School students that competed in round one of the semifinal competition, six placed in the top 30 in the state. Freshman Emily Zhi competed in the final round, placing fifth in the state.

The competition tested students’ knowledge on the topics of brain anatomy, neurodegenerative diseases, addiction, sleep and memory. Students competed through computerized testing and a Jeopardy style Q&A format.

“I am so proud of the dedication these students put forth to investigate neuroscience, brain disorders, addiction and treatments. The competition is a great supplement to our classroom offerings for those interested specifically in neuroscience,” said Kaarin Schumacher, Biology Instructor at Woodbury High School. “While at the state competition, students were able to tour laboratories and speak with graduate students and professors about their specific research projects. What an amazing experience to see science in action.” 

The Minnesota Brain Bee is a neuroscience Q&A competition for secondary school students that aims to motivate students to learn about the brain, capture imaginations and inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical research.

Students compete locally, feeding into a national and then an international competition. The Society for Neuroscience hosts the National Brain Bee, which takes place in Washington, D.C. and is a sponsor of the U.S. National and International Brain Bees. The Society for Neuroscience arranges a scientific laboratory internship for the U.S. national and international winners.