About the Brain Bee
Course Description and Syllabus
The SpringLight Standard Brain Bee class will prepare students for neuroscience topics that are covered at the Brain Bee. This is the standard portion of the SpringLight Brain Bee series. Class content will be primarily based on the Brain Facts Book by the Society for Neuroscience, the recommended textbook for the competition. This class will consist of 10 weeks of 2-hour sessions each week led by Veda Dayananda, a U.S. National Brain Bee competitor and experienced tutor. Classes will consist of interactive learning sessions with practice questions and mock exams. Students will also have homework assigned after each class.
Reference book: The Brain Facts Book
For 7th - 12th graders. Motivated 6th graders are encouraged.
Class time: 11am-1pm (PT), 2-4 pm(ET), Saturday; Sep. 17 -Nov. 26, 2022
Registration link https://forms.gle/uRaThBM4zqEiuCha6
|Week||1st hour||2nd hour||Class dates|
|Week 1||Class 1: Brain Basics||Class 2: Senses & Perception||Sep. 17|
|Week 2||Class 3: Movement||Class 4: Learning, Memory, & Emotions||Sep. 24|
|Week 3||Class 5: Thinking, Planning, and Language||Class 6: The Developing Brain||Oct. 1|
|Week 4||Class 7: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Brain||Class 8: Adult & Aging Brain||Oct. 8|
|Week 5||Class 9: Brain States||Class 10: The Body in Balance||Oct. 15|
|Week 6||Class 11: Childhood Disorders||Class 12: Psychiatric Disorders||Oct. 29|
|Week 7||Class 13: Addiction||Class 14: Injury & Illness||Nov. 5|
|Week 8||Chapter 15: Neurodegenerative Disease||Chapter 16: Kinds of Research||Nov. 12|
|Week 9||Chapter 17: Solving Human Problems||Chapter 18: Neuroscience In Society||Nov. 19|
|Week 10||Mock Exam||Students' presentation||Nov. 26|
Veda Dayananda is fascinated by everything scientific, especially neuroscience and biomedical research. In 8th grade, she was the youngest champion of the Atlanta Brain Bee and represented Georgia at the U.S. National Brain Bee, where she placed 4th. Veda enjoys tutoring students in neuroscience. She founded and currently leads the Youth Neuroscience Association of Charlotte, a community for high schoolers to meet at UNC Charlotte to explore the wonders of the brain. In school, she takes college courses in science and math; in freshman year, she scored a 5 in AP Biology. In her spare time, Veda enjoys classical piano, painting, and tennis.