Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

Resources for the Bee

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    State Bees

    On March 30, 2012 about 100 fourth to eighth graders in each of the 50 states faced off during the National Geographic state level bees.

  • Photo: 2009 National Geographic Bee finals

    How Schools Register

    Principals of schools in the U.S. with any of the grades four through eight are eligible to register their schools to receive contest materials for a school-level Bee.

  • Photo: The 2009 National Geographic Bee finals in Washington, DC

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Wondering how to register for the Bee or how to prepare? Our "Frequently Asked Questions" have the answers!

  • Photo: GeoBee Finals

    Study Corner

    What's the best way for students to prepare for the Bee? Here are some tips from the National Geographic Bee.

Google Earth Presents

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    GeoBee: Geography

    A look into why geography is important to understand as students around the country prepare for the 2014 National Geographic Bee.

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Student Activities

Teachers can use these activities in the classroom to prepare students for the bee!

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    Geo-Scavenger Hunt

    Simply memorizing terms and place locations can be tedious and even boring. One solution is to make the task fun with an atlas-based scavenger game.

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    Exploring Diffusion

    The movement of people, goods, or ideas from one place to another is a process known as diffusion, which plays an important role in shaping the characteristics of where we live.

  • Photo: Infared satellite image of hurricane Rita

    Tracking Violent Storms

    Springtime brings the possibility of extreme weather, including violent thunderstorms and tornadoes.

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