IMPORTANT BEE DATES
August 1st, 2019
Early, discounted registration opens ($120); check/credit card payments accepted.
SCHOOL BEES HELD
October 1st, 2019 -
February 7th, 2020
School bees held; date and time determined locally.
QUALIFYING TESTS DUE
February 7th, 2020
Deadline for completion of state bee qualifying tests.
March 27th, 2020
State Bees are held; Florida State Bee held at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL.
December 21st, 2019 -
January 24th, 2020
Registration limited to credit card transactions only ($140).
National Championship at National Geographic Society Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
January 24th, 2020
Bee registration closes.
8:00 - 8:30 AM GeoChallenge Registration
8:30 - 9:00 AM Welcome GeoChallenge Participants
9:00 - 11:00 AM GeoChallenge Appraisal Sessions
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM GeoChallenge Showcase
12:15 - 1:00 PM GeoChallenge Awards Ceremony
1:00 - 1:45 PM Lunch for GeoChallenge Participants
GEOCHALLENGE AND GEOBEE SCHEDULES
March 27, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM GeoBee Registration
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch for GeoBee Participants
1:00 - 1:30 PM Welcome GeoBee Participants
2:00 - 3:30 PM Preliminaries of the GeoBee
2:00 - 3:00 PM Geography Workshop for Teachers
3:30 - 4:00 PM GeoBee Tie-Breaker (if necessary)
4:00 PM Final and Championship Round
* To provide the least stress environment for the GeoBee participants, parents and teachers are not
allowed in the preliminary round classrooms.
ABOUT THE BEE
"The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2020 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.
Any paid school employee can register their school for the National Geographic Bee online. The National Geographic Bee registration fee is $120 per school, payable by check and credit card until December 20, 2019, and then only payable by credit card from December 20, 2019 until registration ends on January 24, 2020. Schools needing financial support can complete a Registration Discount Request form available here.
The first 100 schools that register will receive a copy of the newly revised How to Ace the National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide."
Incentives for New and Continuing Schools to Participate in the National Geographic
Florida Geography Bee
The Florida Geographic Alliance would like to encourage new and continuing schools to participate in the National Geographic Bee. Information about the Bee can be found at the website listed below:
There is plenty of time to register (registration doesn’t close until January 24, 2020) and there is plenty of time to conduct a school geography Bee (school geography Bees can be held through February 7, 2020).
Once again, the Florida Geographic Alliance will be providing incentives for hosting a school bee. Two (2) $500 prizes will be awarded to schools that have hosted a school bee in the past, and two (2) $500 prizes will be awarded to schools who will be hosting their first school geography bee this year.
To be eligible for the prize, a school needs to:
Register for this year’s National Geographic Bee
Let us know that you’ll be conducting a school geography Bee (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Conduct your school Bee and film/record the most interesting parts (student and teacher preparations, asking and answering questions, determining the school Bee champion, etc. -- The National Geographic Society will allow you to film portions of your school geography bee for this contest)
Send us a 3-5 minute video of your school geography bee (mp4 or DVD).
The schools with the best video (as determined by the Florida Geography Bee staff) will receive a check for $500 to be spent whichever way the school chooses.
Get us your videos by February 22, 2020, and the winner will be selected by February 25, 2020.
In addition to the cash prize, we will acknowledge the winning school and broadcast their video at the State Geography Bee finals held in Jacksonville on March 27th, 2020, and post it on the Florida Geography Bee web site.
We hope you will join the fun!
- Ray Oldakowski,
National Geographic Bee
"The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world..."