The National Science Bee comprises four stages during the 2018-2019 academic year. The first two stages are offered free of charge; registration fees on a per student basis are charged for students who attend the Regional Finals and National Championships. The National Science Bee is open to students in 8th grade and younger; there is currently no division for high school-aged students.

National Science Bee Stages for 2018-2019

  • Optional Intramural Competitions – This is not required by the National Science Bee, but many schools hold an in-school competition to determine which students will be allowed to take the free Online Regional Qualifying Exam, or just for a further competition opportunity. Sponsors can log in to their sponsor page and register to receive these questions and answer keys. There will be two options: a 50-question multiple choice exam in PDF format and a series of 100 short questions that can be used for a “spelling bee” style tournament done at your institution. Sample questions can be found on this page.
  • Online Regional Qualifying Exam – Once you have registered as a sponsor and created your sponsor account, log in to your sponsor account and register to have students take the ORQE. You will be sent instructions and a link to the exam. Until midnight on the evening of February 6 (please note the extended deadline from the original January 25), students will be able to take the Online Regional Qualifying Exam for the National Science Bee. These exams may be administered at the student’s school under supervision or at home under supervision for homeschooled students and others as needed. There will be no cost for students to take the Online Regional Qualifying Exam this academic year. All students are encouraged to participate. Scores on the Online Regional Qualifying Exam will be utilized to determine which students have qualified for the Regional Finals. Scores will not be made public. Sponsor numbers can be found on this spreadsheet. If your name is not listed, it is most likely that you have not yet logged in and registered to have students take the ORQE.
  • Regional Finals – Dates and locations for the 2019 National Science Bee Regional Finals have been scheduled – you can find the dates and sites for each region here. Most Regional Finals will be held in conjunction with the Regional Finals of the Middle School and Elementary School National History Bee and the US Academic Bee on the same date at the same location. The National Science Bee’s Middle School and Elementary School Regional Finals will cost $35 per student in 2019.
  • National Championships – The National Championships of the National Science Bee will be held in conjunction with the National Championships of the National Humanities Bee, and US Academic Bee and Bowl as well as the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions of the National History Bee and Bowl, US Geography Olympiad, and International Geography Bee. This event will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, outside Chicago, from June 7-10, 2019. Students will qualify for the National Championships based on their finish at the Regional Finals. Specific qualification requirements will be announced at a later date. The costs of Nationals for each student is $135 in 2019.

The National Science Bee has been actively working to secure hosts for its 2019 Regional Finals. These Regional Finals will be held from February 16 to April 21, 2019. Current regions within which we are actively planning to hold competitions are listed through the link below. If your school is interested in hosting a Regional Final, please click here for more information and contact us at We would be happy to discuss details with you.

Additionally, if you believe that your region is not listed below but has enough local interest to potentially host a Regional Finals, we would also be interested in discussing that with you.

Planned Regional Finals locations and projected dates for these can be found here.