Supporting science education in the California Capital Region

Instead of a 2022 Brain Bee

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Brain Bee Organizers have decided to cancel the 2022 Brain Bee and instead, invest time and resources to supporting local educators and students as they manage the challenges of adapting to distance learning. All high school or middle school science teachers are most welcome to connect with us to learn more about how our group of scientists may be able to help.

Brain Scans

Congratulations to all students!

Up-and-coming young scientists from across Northern California gathered for a thrilling event that explored neuroscience, neurology, and modern research methods. The trophy went to Shrinidhi Gopal of San Ramon, an eleventh-grade student at Dougherty Valley High School. She will represent Sacramento at the National Brain Bee in late March, this year hosted by the Northeast Ohio Medical College.


Alumni make waves in community 

Chinmayi Balusu took home the Championship Prize from the inaugural Sacramento Brain Bee, including the opportunity to fly to the East Coast for the National Competition to represent the region. The twelfth grader was also honored with a trophy, medal, gift card, and a travel stipend to attend the national competition. The Sacramento Brain Bee Team was so proud to have such a star representative!


The Central Valley's First Brain Bee

The annual International Brain Bee was established in 1998 and currently engages high school students in over 50 nations. Sacramento and surrounding areas were first represented with a local competition in 2019. Up to five students may participate per high school, and the winner advances to U.S. Nationals.


Press Contacts  

Members of the Press are welcome for interviews and additional materials, with advanced notice. Please email for more details. Photographs and statements are available upon request. 

Cutting-Edge Science

Student participants are provided all the materials they will need for the competition, including an overview and introduction to neuroscience and a Study Guide. During the event, the friendly atmosphere will foster opportunities to meet others interested in the brain and medicine as well as professionals who work in research, clinics, and science policy.

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Friendly Young Doctor
3D Scans