Each year thousands of schools across 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 engaging and challenging test of geographic knowledge.
This is year, Host Soledad O’Brien steps into the shoes of long-time host, Alex Trebek, to host the championship round of the competition live from the Grosvenor auditorium at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. O’Brien will quiz ten brilliant young minds from across the nation, and it’s territories, covering the gamut of geographic facts about our world. It’s quite simple: If the students answer the questions correctly, they advance to the next phase. Answer incorrectly, and they run the risk of being eliminated.
It has been long journey for the ten students that will compete in the final round. It all started in the classroom, where students went head-to-head against their peers. Then, a rigorous test advanced them to the state or territory competition. Fifty-four students emerged victorious, the best of the best the nation has to offer when it comes to geographic knowledge, and came to the nation’s capital to represent their home. From there, the pool was whittled down to the top ten. Now, it’s the finals.
The championship round of the competition will test both the students geographical knowledge as well as their focus under the bright lights and television cameras as they compete for a $25,000 scholarship, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos Islands, and the right to call themselves National Geographic Bee Champion.
Tune in to the National Geographic Channel Tonight at 7P to watch it all unfold!