Croatia Brain Bee Competition!

Croatian:   

  S ciljem poboljšanja obrazovanja i poticanja interesa za područja neuroznanosti i psihologije, studentska organizacija Neuro_Nada organizira prvo državno natjecanje Brain Bee u Hrvatskoj!
  Brain Bee međunarodno je natjecanje za sve učenike između 13-19 godina koje zanima STEM, posebno neuroznanost, psihologija, i medicina. Natjecanje je osnovao neuroznanstvenik Dr. Norbert Myslinski 1999. godine radi promicanje interesa učenika za neuroznanost i psihologiju pružajući prilikama studentima da nauče više o ovom brzo napredujućem znanstvenom području! Krajnji cilj natjecanja Brain Bee je “to build better brains to fight brain disorders” (to jest, omogućiti edukaciju mladih znanstvenika u području neuroznanosti kako bi se unaprijedile inovacije u liječenju neuroloških i psihijatrijskih poremećaja). Preko 75 zemalja i 25,000+ učenika trenutno sudjeluje u godišnjem međunarodnom natjecanju Brain Bee - šteta je što Hrvatska trenutno ne sudjeluje!
    Pobjednik Brain Bee natjecanje nastavio/la bi predstavljati Hrvatsku na međunarodnom natjecanju, koja se održava na sveučilištima širom svijeta svaku godinu.  Svi natjecatelji dobit će nagrade za sudjelovanje, kao i priliku naučiti više o mozgu, slušati zanimljiva predavanja o najnovijim istraživanjima u raznim područjima neuroznanosti, i upoznati vršnjake sa sličnim interesima!
  Veoma se veselimo organizirati ovu priliku za srednjoškolce i studente u Hrvatskoj, no kako bismo ove nagrade uspjeli omogućiti, potrebna nam je Vaša pomoć:) Iako organizatori međunarodnog natjecanja Brain Bee financiraju lokalne troškove za našeg nacionalnog pobjednika (uključujući troškove hotela i obroka), kao koordinatori natjecanja u Hrvatskoj, dužni smo pokriti troškove avio karata i zahtjeva za vizu za našeg pobjednika i jedan roditelj! Ovogodišnje međunarodno natjecanje održat će se u San Diegu, SAD (daleko od Zagreba;)) Osim toga, željeli bismo osigurati male novčane nagrade za naše pobjednike drugog i trećeg mjesta (tradicionalno, koordinatori također doniraju 100 dolara neprofitnoj organizaciji koja se bavi mentalnim zdravljem ili fondu za istraživanje neuroznanosti koji su odabrala naša tri najbolja natjecatelja:)).
  Zaista cijenimo svaku donaciju, bila velika ili mala, te smo vrlo zahvalni na Vašoj podršci! Sve donacije koristit će se za plaćanje avionske karte našeg nacionalnog pobjednika, kao i novčane nagrade naših natjecatelja drugog i trećeg mjesta. Ako imate bilo kakvih pitanja, slobodno nas kontaktirajte i rado ćemo odgovoriti na sva Vaša pitanja u roku od 24 sata!

Hvala Vam puno još jednom  na Vašoj velikodušnosti, posebno u ovakvim teškim vremenima.

 P.S.  Za više informacija o natjecanju Brain Bee posjetite našu web stranicu (https://neuronada.wixsite.com/blog/brain-bee-natjecanje) i službenu web stranicu međunarodnog natjecanja (https://thebrainbee.org/)! Točan datum i vrijeme ovogodišnjeg nacionalnog natjecanja nije još odlučen, ali najvjerojatnije će se održati tijekom međunarodnog Tjedna Mozga (15. do 21. ožujka 2021.) u Zagrebu.

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English:

  In an effort to improve youth education and spark interest in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, the student organization Neuro_Nada is organizing the first ever national Brain Bee in Croatia! 
  The Brain Bee is an international competition for all students 13-19 years old interested in STEM, especially neuroscience, psychology, and medicine. The competition was founded by Dr. Norbert Myslinski in 1999 in order to promote student interest in neuroscience/psychology through valuable, educational opportunities exploring this rapidly-evolving scientific field! The ultimate goal of the Brain Bee competition is "to build better brains to fight brain disorders" (that is, to enable the neuroscience education of young scientists in order to advance innovations in the treatment of neurological/psychiatric disorders). Over 75 countries and 25,000+ students participate in the International Brain Bee competition (IBB) annually--it's truly a shame that Croatia has yet to participate!
  The winner of our national Brain Bee competition would advance to represent Croatia at the international competition, hosted by universities across the world every year. By participating, all competitors will receive an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating world of neuroscience, listen to interesting lectures on the latest neuroscience research developments, and network with like-minded peers and professionals!
  Although we're all too excited to extend this educational opportunity to high school and college students in Croatia, we can't do it without your help:) As the national coordinators of the competition in Croatia, we are responsible for covering the cost of airfare for our national winner and one chaperone (while the IBB coordinators will cover the remainder of the travel expenses, including hotel and meal costs). This year's international competition will be held in San Diego, USA (quite a long way from Zagreb;)) We would additionally like to provide our second and third place winners with monetary awards and, in accordance with convention, donate 100 dollars to a mental health-related nonprofit or neuroscience research fund selected by our top three winners:) 
  We truly appreciate each and every single donation, and are very grateful for your support! All donations will be used to pay for the airfare expenses of our national winner, as well as the monetary awards of our second and third place winners. If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to contact us, and we will be sure to get back to you within 24 hours! 

Thank you once again for your warm generosity, especially in such difficult times.

P.S. For more information about the Brain Bee competition, check out our website at https://neuronada.wixsite.com/blog/brain-bee-natjecanje or the official website of the international competition (https://thebrainbee.org/)! The exact time and date of this year's national competition has yet to be determined, but will most likely take place during Brain Awareness Week (from March 15th to 21st, 2021) in Zagreb.
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