NHBB

National History Bowl

www.historybowl.com

The National History Bowl is a buzzer-based team history quiz competition with approximately 100 regional and state tournaments at the Varsity & JV levels. Teams consist of up to 6 students, up to 4 of whom play together at any given time. Solo-student teams are also encouraged to compete and often do so. Each regional or state tournament runs on either the A, B, or C Set of questions, so teams can compete up to three times. At all regional and state tournaments students can qualify for the annual National Championships. The next National History Bowl National Championships will be held online on December 5, 6, and 13, 2020. Nationals typically attracts over 250 teams, and approximately 1000 students each year!

NHBB

National History Bee

www.historybowl.com (this website has information on the Varsity & Junior Varsity History Bee in the USA as well as the History Bowl)

The National History Bee is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for individual students, with approximately 100 regional and state tournaments at the Varsity & Junior Varsity levels. All of these tournaments have both Bee and Bowl components; students may compete in both as they run at separate times. Attendance at National History Bee and Bowl regional and state tournaments, as well as the National Championships (if qualified) is also open to students in 8th grade and younger, regardless of whether they are competing in the National History Bee’s official Middle School and Elementary School competitions (this does not apply to National Championships held online, though). The next Varsity & JV National History Bee National Championships will be held online on Sunday, December 6 and 20, 2020.

Note that in 2020-2021, the National History Bee is split at the regional level into US History Bee and World History Bee components. Students who qualify for Nationals in the US History Bee qualify for both the National History Bee and US History Bee National Championships. As there is no World History Bee at the National Championships, students who qualify in the World History Bee qualify only for the National History Bee National Championships (which is roughly 60% world history and 40% US history).

IHO

International History Olympiad

www.historyolympiad.com

The International History Olympiad is an 8-day long history extravaganza, held every two years – the next Olympiad will take place on July 25-August 1, 2022. 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, 2020, 2021, or 2022 National Championships, by finishing in the top half of the History Bee in any of the 2018-2022 academic years, or on a team in the History Bowl in those academic years. Students can also qualify by competing on a History Bowl team that wins a regional or state tournament or by finishing in the top 25% at any History Bee regional 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.

USHB

US History Bee

www.ushistorybee.org

The US History Bee is a buzzer-based American History quiz competition for individual students. It is a separate competition from the National History Bee (which unlike the US History Bee, also has world history questions). It consists of the National Qualifying Exam, which is offered at all National History Bee and Bowl Varsity & Junior Varsity regional and state tournaments, (or it can be taken with a school or homeschool proctor) and the annual National Championships which will next be held online on Dec. 12-13, 2020.

Note that in 2020-2021, the National History Bee is split at the regional level into US History Bee and World History Bee components. Students who qualify for Nationals in the US History Bee qualify for both the National History Bee and US History Bee National Championships. As there is no World History Bee, students who qualify in the World History Bee qualify only for the National History Bee National Championships (which is roughly 60% world history and 40% US history).

USGO

US Geography Championships

www.geographychampionships.com

The US Geography Championships (formerly known as the US Geography Olympiad) is a geography knowledge competition, consisting of the National Qualifying Exam, and the 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. The Varsity & JV National Qualifying Exam for USGC and IGB is given at each of the approximately 100 regional and state tournaments for the National History Bee and Bowl, or students can take the NQE at their school or with a homeschool instructor proctoring it.

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. Once students are Varsity-eligible, they can also compete in the USGC National Championships for a chance to win one of 4 spots on Team USA at the annual International Geography Olympiad held each summer. The next Varsity & JV USGC National Championships will be held online on Friday, November 20.

IGB

International Geography Bee

www.internationalgeographybee.com/usa

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; the World Championships is multifaceted and takes place over 6 days. The next IGB World Championships will be held on August 2-9, 2022. Attending students who are qualified may also compete in the International History Olympiad; the two competitions will be held in the same location on back to back weeks to allow for cross-participation.
The same National Qualifying Exam is used for both this and the US Geography Championships. The Varsity & JV National Qualifying Exam for USGC and IGB is given at each of the approximately 100 regional and state tournaments for the National History Bee and Bowl, or students can take the Exam at their school or with a homeschool instructor proctoring it. 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.  The next Varsity & JV IGB National Championships will be held online on December 18 and 20, 2020.
Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, there will also be a regional quiz tournament held online for IGB. Finishing in the top 50% of this is an alternate way of qualifying for Nationals.

Sports Bee

National Political Science Bee

www.politicalsciencebee.com

The National Political Science Bee is a competition for individual students, with questions on all aspects of political science, including US and foreign politics, international relations, political theory, current events, and more. It consists of the National Qualifying Exam, which is offered at all National History Bee and Bowl Varsity & Junior Varsity regional and state tournaments (or it can be taken with a school or homeschool proctor) and the annual National Championships which will next be held online on December 11 and 19, 2020. It only runs at the Varsity & JV level; there is no separate Middle School or Elementary Division, though younger students are welcome to compete in the JV Division. At the National Championships, participating students are also able to take part in a seminar with politicians, policy makers, or other influential people who are active in public affairs.

Sports Bee

National Science Bee

www.nationalsciencebee.com

The National Science Bee is a science quiz competition for individual students, with questions from biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, astronomy, mathematics, and other scientific fields. For the first time, during the 2019-2020 academic year, the National Science Bee will also include Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions. At the Varsity and JV levels, the National Science Bee consists of two stages: the National Qualifying Exam and the National Championships. The National Qualifying Exam is given during the lunch break at each National History Bee and Bowl Varsity and JV regional or state tournament, or it may be taken with a school / homeschool / community proctor administering it. The National Championships are entirely buzzer-based and will next be held online on December 19-20, 2020.

Sports Bee

National Sports & Entertainment History Bee

www.historybowl.com/nationals/sports-and-entertainment-bee

The National Sports & Entertainment Bee is a buzzer-based pop culture quiz competition for individual students, with questions on sports, pop music, television, movies, video games, and more. It is open to all students unless they are also competing in another event at Nationals that runs at the same time; no qualification is required. The next Varsity & JV National Sports & Entertainment Bee will take place online on December 4 and 18, 2020.