International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce that the 2019 Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the National Science Bee will be held on the weekend of June 7-10 (Friday through Monday) at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, next to Chicago. The National Science Bee itself will take place on June 9 and 10.

Registration for all Nationals events is available at this link but please read the following before proceeding further! Registering implies acceptance of the following policies:

OFFICIAL HOTEL POLICY: Staying at an official hotel is required for all students and families coming from outside a 3 hour driving radius per Google Maps. We currently have room blocks at 2 official hotels, though the block where the competition is taking place, the Hyatt Regency, O’Hare, is basically sold out (you can try reserving rooms, but they are likely to only be available if someone cancels at this point).

Official Hotels (updated on April 13 with new hotel block at the Hilton)
You must use the links below to book rooms per our policy; other methods of booking are not valid and may lead to your child not being able to compete!

1. Hyatt Regency O’Hare – rooms are $145 (king) or $155 (double / double) – Rooms must be booked through this link (note that this block is likely to be sold out)
2. Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport – rooms are $154 (both king and double/double – please reserve a king room if you can, as we have a limited number of rooms with 2 double beds, and we are trying to keep those for families planning on having 3 or 4 people stay in a room) – Rooms must be booked through this link (note that this website may say National History BN Bowl or something like that, but rest assured it is the valid link for all competitions, including the National Science Bee). Free shuttles will be available to bring students and families from this hotel to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare where the National Championships are taking place.

If these blocks fill up, we will continue to secure additional blocks at nearby hotels.


1. Refund requested on or before May 20 (registration deadline) – refunded in full minus $25 processing fee.
2. Refund requested between May 21 and May 28 – 50% refund
3. Refund requested after May 31 – no refund

A total of $20,000 worth of prizes will be on offer at IAC 2019 IAC Middle School and Elementary School National Championships! Click here to download a file showing how these prizes are allocated. 

Costs of Individual Events at Nationals
$135 – National History Bee
$135 – National Science Bee
$115 – US Academic Bee
$80 – US Geography Olympiad (overlaps with National Humanities Bee; a student can’t compete in both)
$80 – International Geography Bee
$50 – National Humanities Bee (overlaps with US Geography Olympiad; a student can’t compete in both) 

Costs of Team Events at Nationals
$450 – National History Bowl – (6 rounds guaranteed) – team of at least 3 players *
$350 – National History Bowl – 2 person team
$250 – National History Bowl – solo student team
$500 – US Academic Bowl – (8 rounds guaranteed) – team of at least 3 players *
$400 – US Academic Bowl – 2 person team
$300 – US Academic Bowl – solo student team

* There are no caps on the sizes of teams at Nationals, but of course no more than four students can play at any given time on a team. Teams may carry as many substitute players as they wish.

No discounts are available for bringing buzzers. If your school is interested in providing experienced coaches as readers at Nationals, please contact to inquire about possible reader discounts, which will be handled on a case by case basis.


Students will qualify for the National Championships in the National Science Bee based on their finish at the Regional Finals. The top 50% of students at Regional Finals in each age division of the National Science Bee will qualify for Nationals. For further questions, please contact

Thanks, and good luck in qualifying! We hope to see you at Nationals in June!