What is the Brain Bee?

The Brain Bee is a live Question & Answer competition that tests students' knowledge of neuroscience. The best young brains around the world are quizzed about the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, and neurological disorders.

The winners of each National Brain Bee across the 6 participating continents will have the opportunity to travel to the International Brain Bee Championship.

The Brain Bee is designed to be a high-level and friendly academic competition. The material draws from university and medical school course content and requires thoughtful preparation.


The mission of the Lithuanian Brain Bee is to motivate school students to learn about the brain and to inspire them to pursue careers in neuroscience so they can help treat and find cures for brain disorders.

Participation rules

Participants must:

  • Currently live in Lithuania

  • Be fluent in English (the official language of the IBB)

  • Be a student of 13-18 years old

  • Be interested in how your brain works – you can find learning materials on our website!


All participants will receive access to the Online Brain Bee exam on the 17th of January, 2021. The exam may be taken any time between the 17 of January and 18 of February, 2022.  

Exam format

Participants will have to answer 50  questions related to the brain and neuroscience, including but not limited to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, ageing, sleep, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke & other neurological disorders facing our community.  Each question is worth 1 point. All questions will be multiple-choice. Some questions may include brain cross sections and neurohistology slides. Students will have 30 minutes to complete the exam.

Preparation for online exam

​All questions will come from the following two books:

Examples of test questions

1. What do you call the major component of a neuron that receives information being transmitted from other neurons?

a) Nodes of Ranvier

b) Axon terminal

c) Dendrites

d) Soma


2. What is a way in which the effects of a neurotransmitter on the current of the postsynaptic neuron can be increased?

a) Decrease in the number of receptors

b) Increase in the number of receptors

c) Decrease in receptor efficiency

d) Increased internalization of the receptor


3. Which of the following drugs would be useful to give to a patient with stroke?

a) drugs that target 5-HT receptors

b) tissue plasminogen activator

c) beta-interferon

d) acetylcholinesterase inhibitors


4. What neurotransmitters are enhanced by antidepressant drugs?

a) Serotonin

b) Adrenaline

c) Norepinephrine

d) Dopamine

e) a, b and c

f) a and c

g) a, b and d


Students who score well in the Round 1 Online Quiz will be selected to progress to the Round 2 National Finals.


The Top 50-100 participants will be invited to the National Finals that will take place in April, 2022. We hope to host the event onsite  however, due to these difficult and uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nationals may be held online.

The winner of the National Brain Bee will have a possibility to participate at the International Brain Bee in Paris, July, 2022.

International Brain Bee

The cancellation of many 2020 local and national competitions including the IBB World Championship has been a great disappointment for the Brain Bee community and the students who were unable to participate. While the organizers of the IBB are concerned for next year and that it may not be possible to hold in-person events, they want to assure students that the 2021 World Championship will go ahead. 


The 2021 IBB World Championship will be held in conjunction with the American Psychological Association Annual Convention on August 12-15, 2021 in San Diego, CA. More details can be found at https://thebrainbee.org/.

How can students register?

If you are interested in participating in the Lithuanian Brain Bee 2022, head to https://www.brainbee.lt/

The registration deadline is January 17, 2021.


If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on: litbrainbee@gmail.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BrainBeeLT and Instagram @litbrainbee.