The United States Academic Bee and Bowl, the National Humanities Bee, and the National Science Bee are back for a new year of exciting tournaments for elementary and middle school students across the USA! We’re expecting to hold between 25-40 tournaments across the USA between January and May 2019, leading to our fourth National Championships in June of 2019. If you are interested in hosting a USABB tournament this year, please see the updated hosting guidelines here, and contact

The exact dates and location for Nationals will be announced shortly, but this year, we can announce that USABB, National Humanities Bee, and National Science Bee will also be held in conjunction with the Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships of the National History Bee and Bowl. Additionally, the Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships of the US Geography Olympiad and the International Geography Bee will be held that weekend as well.

The US Academic Bee and Bowl, National Humanities Bee, and National Science Bee are meant for students in eighth grade and younger. All four competitions feature an Elementary Division for students in sixth grade and younger as well, and beginning this year, the US Academic Bee, National Humanities Bee, and National Science Bee will feature both a 7th and 8th grade division. In this way, we look forward to encouraging academic competition among younger students who have had limited opportunities to compete against comparably-aged students to date. It is possible to qualify for the National Championships both through USABB tournaments, and through other all-subject quiz bowl tournaments that utilize questions in a “pyramidal format” (i.e. paragraph length, beginning with harder information, and moving to easier information). In future years, we will look to expand both the number of tournaments, and the number of regional question sets, thus giving more students a chance to play.

For further information, please explore this website, and feel free to email with questions about any of the competitions as well. We will be reaching out shortly to academic teams across the United States with more details on how to get involved, but we’d love to hear from you if you and your team would be interested in competing, or have any suggestions. Best of luck in the 2018-2019 season, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our tournaments soon!