About the Olympics Overview Registration About McMaster Contact
History Winners! Prizes and Sponsors Competitions

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


The Speeding Brain

Hosted by the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)

Maximum number of teams = 30 (6 per timeslot)
Number of competitors per team is 2,3 or 4

Have the inner workings of the human brain always been a mystery to you? Have you ever thought about the intricate network of nerves that travel throughout our whole body? How does our brain know how to react when we touch something smooth or sharp? Want to discover the answer for yourself?

Participate in the "Speeding Brain" challenge!


Only team members may enter the competition area. Teams will be made up of 2 to 4 students each.

Teams will be given a neuroscience problem to solve on the spot given only the information and materials provided (stopwatches, a tape measure and a calculator).

  • No specialized knowledge is required - only problem solving skills.
  • Judging will be done on the basis of the soundness of the method developed by teams, and the accuracy of the solution. In any dispute, the decision of the judge will be final.

Competitions (2016):

Note: Click on an event names
for more info

- Biotech to the Rescue!
- Chemical Forensics
- Civil Canada Arm
- Egg High Drop
- Global Water Challenge
- L.E.A.P.'s Keep it Hot
- Mechanical Transporter
- Mental Gymnastics
- Mini-Car Jump
- Oodles of Noodles
- Photonic Puzzles
- Physics Paper Triathlon
- Pictorial Essay
- Software Challenge
- Teachers Challenge
- The Speeding Brain
- Twists and Turns