International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce that the 2020 Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the National Science Bee will be held on June 12-15, 2020 (Friday through Monday) at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, next to Chicago. The National Science Bee will take place on June 14 and 15.

A current schedule of events * and their start times at International Academic Competitions’ 2020 Middle & Elementary School National Championships, including the National History Bee and Bowl, is now available for download here.
* = This version is up to date as of January 15, 2020. IAC reserves the right to make slight adjustments to the schedule in the lead up to Nationals if it is in the best interests of the tournament. However, if changes are made, they will be minor, and will not affect travel plans that people will have already made.


Registration will open in February 2020. Registering implies acceptance of the following policies:

OFFICIAL HOTEL POLICY: Staying at the official hotel is required for all students and families coming from outside a 3 hour driving radius per Google Maps.

Official Hotel
Hyatt Regency O’Hare – rooms are $149 (king) or $159 (double / double) – Rooms must be booked through this special booking link: If you prefer booking by calling Hyatt, please give them this group name: 2020 International Academic Competitions. 


1. Refund requested on or before May 27 (registration deadline) – refunded in full minus $25 processing fee.
2. Refund requested between May 27 and June 4 – 50% refund
3. Refund requested after June 4 – no refund

Nationals will be held together with the National Championships of US Academic Bee and Bowl, the National Humanities Bee, the Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the National History Bee and Bowl, and the US Geography Championships.

Costs of Individual Events at Nationals
$140 – National Science Bee
$140National History Bee
$125 – US Academic Bee
$85 – US Geography Championships (overlaps with National Humanities Bee; a student can’t compete in both)
$85 – International Geography Bee
$55 – National Humanities Bee (overlaps with US Geography Championships; a student can’t compete in both)
$20 – Any one of the 6 history (Women’s History, African-American History, Latin American History, Asian History, Military History, and Historical Geography) or 3 science (Biology, Earth Science, Ecology and Environmental Science) exams on offer.

Costs of Team Events at Nationals
$460 – National History Bowl – (6 rounds guaranteed) – team of at least 3 players *
$360 – National History Bowl – 2 person team
$260 – National History Bowl – solo student team
$520 – US Academic Bowl – (8 rounds guaranteed) – team of at least 3 players *
$420 – US Academic Bowl – 2 person team
$320 – 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!


Congratulations to the 2019 National Science Bee National Champions!
8th Grade Division: Darryl Wang, Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT
7th Grade Division: Akshansh Chuahan, Daniel Wright Junior High School, Lincolnshire, IL
6th Grade Division: Joshua Wang, Wisconsin Hills Middle School, Brookfield, WI
Elementary School Division: Vishnu Mangipudi, Homeschool, Bellevue, WA

Preliminary round and playoff round results for all students are available through the spreadsheets here. Please note there are different tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheets by which you can access the age division and rounds that you are looking for.