Photograph by Christy Solberg
Thousands of students nationwide are gearing up to put their geographic knowledge to the test! The state level of the 2014 National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek, will take place across the U.S. on April 4. Students in grades four to eight who won their school bee earlier this year took a qualifying test to determine their state-level eligibility. The National Geographic Society has invited the top hundred scoring students in each state, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and U.S. territories, to compete at the state bees.
State winners will receive $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship, to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters May 19 to 21. The national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2014 National Geographic Bee, moderated by new host Soledad O’Brien, on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. ET (to be followed on public television stations). Check local television listings for dates and times in your area.
Fifty-four of the nation’s brightest young geography whiz kids will gather in Washington, D.C., from May 19 to 21 to take part in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee.
For Teachers and Parents
Learn more about the new online registration process for qualifying schools: U.S. schools with any grade 4-8.
Every competition has rules—read ours, then let the fun begin!
Wondering how to register for the Bee or how to prepare? Our "Frequently Asked Questions" have the answers!
What's the best way for students to prepare for the Bee? Here are some tips from the National Geographic Bee.
Answer sample questions from the National Geographic Bee, and get ideas on how to look for clues within the questions that can help you figure out the right answers.
The latest from the National Geographic Store will help you prepare for the Bee.
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