Note: All IAC Junior Varsity competitions are also open to younger students.* However, these have somewhat harder questions, require separate qualifying for their National Championships, and include students up through 10th grade.
* (except the International History Olympiad and the International Geography Bee’s World Championships, where students in 8th grade and younger must play in the Middle or Elementary School Divisions of these if they have qualified, and not in the JV Division, even if they otherwise qualified for it.)
National History Bee
At the Middle School and Elementary School levels, the National History Bee is a history quiz competition for individual students, with Intramural, Online Qualifying Exam, Regional Finals, and National Championship levels. Over 1000 students competed at its 2019 National Championships! Please explore our website linked above for further details, and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
National History Bowl
The National History Bowl is a buzzer-based team history quiz competition with regional and tournaments and an annual National Championships which is held on the same weekend and at the same location as the other Middle and Elementary School IAC competitions. There are separate age divisions at the National Championships for students in 8th grade and younger (Middle School) and 6th grade and younger (Elementary).
US Academic Bowl
The US Academic Bowl is a buzzer-based team quiz competition for teams with questions from all academic disciplines. The Academic Bowl consists of both regional tournaments around the USA, and an annual National Championships (though teams can qualify for Nationals by finishing in the top half at any quiz bowl tournament using pyramidal questions, even if they do not compete at the regional tournaments, or by having a student qualify for the Academic Bee National Championships). There are separate Middle School (8th grade and younger) and Elementary (6th grade and younger) divisions, though there are no Varsity or Junior Varsity divisions.
US Academic Bee
www.usacademicbowl.com (This website is also used for the US Academic Bee as well.)
The US Academic Bee is a buzzer-based quiz competition for individual students with questions from all academic disciplines. There are both regional tournaments around the USA, and an annual National Championships. There are separate divisions in the Academic Bee for 8th graders, 7th graders, 6th graders, and Elementary Schoolers, though there are no Varsity or Junior Varsity divisions.
International History Olympiad
The International History Olympiad is an 8-day long history extravaganza, held every two years – the next Olympiad will take place on July 19-26 2020 on a Carnival Caribbean cruise. The Olympiad consists of numerous buzzer-based and other competitions, sightseeing, and special events with students from around the world. Students in the USA qualify by finishing in the top half at either the 2019 or 2020 National Championships by finishing in the top half of the History Bee or on a team in the History Bowl. Students can also qualify by competing on a History Bowl team that wins a regional tournament or by finishing in the top 25% at any History Bee regional or state tournament in their age division. At the Olympiad, students compete for their home state, or for a foreign country, if they have a foreign passport and choose to do so.
US Geography Championships
The US Geography Championships (formerly known as the US Geography Olympiad) is a geography knowledge competition, consisting of the National Qualifying Exam, and the annual National Championships. The National Championships is entirely exam-based and focuses on applications of geographic knowledge. The same qualifying exam is used for both this and the International Geography Bee. At the National Championships, most students compete in both USGC and the International Geography Bee US National Championships, though there is no obligation to do so. Many students also compete in the USGC’s Junior Varsity Division, including at the National Championships level, which must be qualified for on a JV level exam, and which is held annually in late April in Arlington, VA. Once students are Varsity-eligible, they can also compete in the USGC Varsity National Championships for a chance to win one of four spots on Team USA at the International Geography Olympiad as well.
International Geography Bee
The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition, consisting of the National Qualifying Exam, the US National Championships, and the biennial IGB World Championships. The National Championships is entirely buzzer-based and takes place annually (at the same location and on the same weekend as the US Geography Championships, National History Bee and Bowl, and National Science Bee National Championships); the World Championships is multifaceted and takes place over 8 days. The next IGB World Championships will be held on July 12-19 on a Carnival Caribbean cruise. Attending students who are qualified may also compete in the International History Olympiad which takes place the following week; the two competitions are designed to allow for cross-participation.
The same National Qualifying Exam is used for both the IGB National Championships and the US Geography Championships. At the National Championships, most students compete in both USGC and the International Geography Bee US National Championships, though there is no obligation to do so. Many students also compete in the JV Division, including at the National Championships level, which must be qualified for on a JV level exam, and which is held annually in late April in Arlington, VA.
National Science Bee
The National Science Bee is a buzzer-based science quiz competition for individual students, with questions from biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, astronomy, mathematics, and other scientific fields. The National Science Bee includes an optional Intramural Stage, an Online Qualifying Exam, the Regional Finals, and the National Championships. The Regional Finals and National Championships are buzzer-based quiz competitions. The National Championships are held in conjunction with (i.e. on the same weekend and in the same city) the Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the National History Bee and Bowl, US Geography Championships, International Geography Bee, and the US Academic Bee and Bowl. For middle and elementary school students, separate age divisions in the National Science Bee exist for students in 8th Grade, 7th Grade, 6th Grade, and Elementary School.
National Humanities Bee
The National Humanities Bee is a buzzer-based humanities quiz competition for individual students, with questions on literature, the arts, music, religion, mythology, philosophy, and related fields. It consists solely of the National Championships which are open to all students attending any of the other IAC National Championships at the Middle School or Elementary School levels. There is no Varsity or Junior Varsity Division for the National Humanities Bee.