Brain Competition Tests Scholars’ Knowledge in the Field of Neuroscience

November 18, 2016


By Isabella Sanchez

Tomorrow morning there will be an informative meeting to discuss ASK Academy’s participation in the University of New Mexico’s annual Brain Bee Neuroscience Competition. 

The event is designed to test scholars’ knowledge about the human brain in an oral and written competition. It also includes opportunities to explore the subject by allowing students to tour neuroscience labs and talk with scientists over a provided lunch. Sponsored by the UNM Neuroscience Department, winners will advance to the national competition in Washington D.C.

This is the first year The ASK Academy will be participating in the Brain Bee. Team sponsor, Danielle Plomaritas said, “We tried to compete last year, but we were not prepared in time to participate.”

Sophomore Alexandria Miera, one of ASK’s team members, said she has been interested in the brain for awhile. “The brain is a complex but interesting organ that allows humans to function on a day-to-day basis. A simple task like using a spoon to pick up bits of cereal from a bowl is so complex, when one actually looks at how and where this all takes place. To be able to understand how it functions is astonishing and beyond interesting to me.”

 Miera, who has spent several years researching how to build a bionic arm, said a competition like this is right up her alley. “My passion lies within bionics, which has to do with understanding how the brain, nervous system, and muscular system work together to allow for a functioning arm to do everyday tasks. By understanding how these systems work together, one can mimic or harness their capabilities to create a bionic arm.”

Teams will be expected to learn about the following topics: intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, vision, sensations, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, depression, and addictions.

Plomaritas said she encourages all scholars to participate. There will be an informative meeting tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Room 202 for scholars looking to join the ASK team. The Brain Bee will be held on February 4th at the University of New Mexico. Mrs. Plomaritas encourages scholars to join the team.


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