**** International Academic Competitions is delighted to announce a major expansion of the National Science Bee for the 2018-2019 Academic Year! Please read more about this in our announcement here****

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2018 National Championships
The National Science Bee held its third annual National Championships on June 3-4 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations to our champions and top finishers!

Middle School Division (7th and 8th Grade)
1st –  Shiva Oswal – Team Pi-oneers, Cupertino, CA – National Champion
2nd – Patrick Cousins – Aaron Cohn Middle School, Midland, GA
3rd – Lawrence Zhao – University Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL

Elementary Division (6th Grade and Younger)
1st – Anurag Sodhi – Burleigh Manor Middle School, Ellicott City, MD – National Champion
2nd – Aarush Santoshi – Tenafly Middle School, Tenafly, NJ
3rd – Maxwell Swann – Centennial Lane Elementary School, Ellicott City, MD

Full Results are available through the link here.  Please click here for a link to the rules file.

The questions used at the 2018 National Championships are available here:

2018 National Science Bee Questions

Further Information for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

At the 2018 National Championships of the US Academic Bee and Bowl, we are pleased to announce that we will also be holding the 3rd annual National Science Bee. The National Science Bee features questions focusing on biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, astronomy, computer science, mathematics, and similar subjects. See below on this page for a link to a full question distribution. The preliminary rounds of the National Science Bee will be held on Sunday, June 3. The playoff rounds will be held on Monday, June 4. All rounds will take place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Question packets from the 2016 and 2017 National Science Bees are available here to practice with! The 2018 National Science Bee questions will be similar to these in content and difficulty.


2017 National Science Bee Questions

2016 National Science Bee Questions

The 2018 National Science Bee is open to all students in 8th grade and younger, and does not require prior qualifying.
The 2018 National Science Bee will feature both Elementary (up through 6th grade) and Middle School (7th and 8th grade) divisions. Homeschooled students are eligible to compete; if they are not in a formal grade level, then the following date ranges apply:

Elementary: October 1, 2005 and younger
Middle School: October 1, 2003-September 30, 2005

Note that these date ranges only apply to students who are not formally enrolled in a grade, though no student born before June 1, 2002 may compete even if they are still in 8th grade or lower.

For 2018, students will NOT be able to compete in BOTH the National Humanities Bee AND the National Science Bee as the preliminary rounds of both competitions will be held at the same time.

The field is capped at 200 students in the Elementary Division and 200 students in the Middle School Division.

Schedule of Rounds
Sunday June 3 – Preliminary Rounds
Check In – No formal check in is required. Students who have registered for the National Science Bee will be sent their room assignments by email. The room assignments will also be posted online, and will be available at the International Academic Competitions help desk at the National Championships. 
Students must be in their Round 1 room no later than 10 minutes before the scheduled start time!

Round 1: 2:45pm
Round 2: 3:20pm
Round 3: 3:55pm

Note that after Round 1, start times are approximate! We will proceed directly into Round 2 as soon as all rooms have finished Round 1. This may be slightly before or after the times indicated here.

Monday, June 4 – Playoff Rounds
Semifinal Round: 1:30pm
Final Round: 2:05pm (or as soon as all semifinal rooms have finished)

Registration will open under the Registration tab on the menu bar in early 2018.

Question Content
All questions in the National Science Bee will take the format of tossup (i.e. buzzer-based questions of short paragraph length progressing from harder to easier information) questions in the manner of US Academic Bee and Bowl questions with a science focus. Topics will cover biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, earth science, astronomy, computer science, non-computational mathematics, and the history of science. See also the questions used in 2016 and 2017 which are found through the links listed above on this page! The file listed here has a full question distribution to help guide students in their preparation:

National Science Bee Question Distribution

Tournament Format
All students will play 3 preliminary rounds of 35 questions each. After the 3 preliminary rounds, the top students will advance to the playoffs. They will not overlap with any US Academic Bee or Bowl matches or any geography or history events. The rules of play will be identical to the US Academic Bee rules in effect for the National Championships


$1500 worth of prizes will be awarded at the 2018 National Science Bee. These will be awarded as follows:

Champion – Middle School Division – $400
Champion – Elementary Division – $400
2nd Place Middle School Division – $200
2nd Place Elementary Division – $200
2nd Place Middle School Division – $150
3rd Place Elementary Division – $150

$40 – National Science Bee on its own
$85 – Includes National Science Bee and US Academic Bee
$220 – Includes National Science Bee, US Academic Bee, US Geography Olympiad & International Geography Bee

Full results from the 2017 National Science Bee are available here.