National Geographic Bee
Each year thousands of schools in the US 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 4 through 8 are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.
National Geographic Bee Previous Broadcasts
2012 National Geographic Bee (Episode #2012H)
KQED Plus: Sun, May 27, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
State Geographic Bee Winners from across the country will compete for the National Bee Title and a Scholarship at the 24th annual National Geographic Bee, which will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 22 - 24, 2012. First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Additionally, the national winner will travel (with a parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of the islands. Travel for the Galapagos trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. The finalists, all winners of their state-level geographic bees, have triumphed over a field of nearly 4 million students to earn a place in the national championships. They represent the 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools. The preliminary rounds of the National Geographic Bee will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd. The top 10 finalists will each win $500 and advance to the final round on Thursday, May 24th, which will be moderated by Alex Trebek.