Geography Bee

The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have participated in the GeoBee.

The 5th Annual GCA Geographic Geography Bee (GeoBee) will occur on February 5, 2020 at 10:00 am at the GCA District Office, 1745 Phoenix Blvd., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30349.  All participating students will receive a certificate, a geography related prize, and will be excused from attending classes for the day of the GeoBee.

GeoBee Details:

  • The Bee is like a spelling bee; however, instead of spelling words contestants are asked a series of geography related questions.
  • Students in grades four (4) through eight (8) are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.
  • There are three levels of competition: school, state, and national. To compete for advancement from the school to the state level, the winning student at each school must take the online qualifying test.  As many as 100 of the highest-scoring students in a state or territory advance to the state competition. The state GeoBee champion advances to the national championship in Spring 2020.
  • A minimum of six (6) students from any of the eligible grades (4-8) must be physically present and actively participate in the school level competition in order for the designated school champion to be eligible to take the qualifying test and be considered for possible advancement to the state GeoBee. “Virtual” school GeoBees are not permitted. The entire school competition is intended to be a school-wide program that takes place on school grounds.
  • Students will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.
  • The GeoBee will consist of three rounds. A preliminary round, final round and championship round.
  • Parents and students are required to arrange their own transportation to both the school competition and state competition. The state champion will receive a medal, $1,000 cash award, and other prizes. The second- and third-place students also receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively. All students participating in the state competition will receive T-shirts.
  • The state champion will have transportation and accommodations paid by National Geographic.
  • Parents and family may watch the GeoBee up until the finalist is chosen.  At that point, the online qualifying test will be administered in private.

How to Participate:

Parents of eligible participants must fill out the GeoBee Participaton Survey.

GeoBee Participation Survey

A review session will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm for the next few weeks and leading up to the GeoBee.  Review sessions will be held in Ms. Veronica Alfieri's Jigsaw classroom.  Link will be provided to participating students.  All students competing should attend at least one of these sessions to understand how the Bee will be conducted as well as get some practice questions!

Questions?  Please contact Ms. Alfieri.

Veronica Alfieri

Veronica Alfieri

Teacher, Geography, Point of Contact
High School
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