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 45-60 tournaments across the USA between January and May 2020, leading to our fourth National Championships in June of 2020. If you are interested in hosting a USABB tournament this year, please see the updated hosting guidelines here, and contact

IAC Middle School and Elementary School Nationals (including the National Championships of the US Academic Bee and Bowl, National Science Bee, National Humanities Bee, US Geography Championships, International Geography Bee, and National History Bee and Bowl) will be held on June 12-15, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL (next to Chicago).

The US Academic Bee and Bowl, National Humanities Bee, and National Science Bee are meant for students in eighth grade and younger. The US Academic Bowl and the National History Bowl have an Elementary Division for students in 6th grade and younger as well as a Middle School Division for students in 8th grade and younger. The National Humanities Bee and National Science Bee, along with the US Academic Bee, the two geography competitions, and the National History Bee have four divisions: 8th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, and Elementary School (for students in 5th grade and younger). 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 2019-2020 season, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our tournaments soon!