The final stage of the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions of the National Science Bee is the annual Middle School National Championships. The inaugural Middle School National Science Bee National Championships will be held online on Thursday, December 10 to Friday, December 19.

The National Science Bee National Championships are one of a number of events over the period November 13-December 20 which constitute the International Academic Competitions Middle School US National Championships. Further logistical details on IAC Middle School Nationals weekend are available here. Registration will open for the National Championships soon.

The National Championships of the National Science Bee consists of six preliminary and up to four rounds of buzzer-based quiz competition. Each preliminary round will have 30 questions and will follow the IAC Championships Individual Event Preliminary Rounds Scoring System and Rules. The four playoff rounds will follow the IAC Championships Individual Event Playoffs Scoring System and Rules and will have 35 questions each.

Costs
The cost of the 2020 National Science Bee National Championships is $95.

Prizes
$2000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the 2020 Middle School National Science Bee National Championships. This will be distributed as follows:

$500 – Champion – Varsity Division
$300 – Second Place – Varsity Division
$200 – Third Place – Varsity Division
$500 – Champion – Junior Varsity Division
$300 – Second Place – Junior Varsity Division
$200 – Third Place – Junior Varsity Division

Schedule
A schedule for the National Science Bee National Championships is as follows:

NOTE: All times are Eastern time.


Thursday, December 10

NOTE: After Round 1, National Science Bee round start times are approximate! We will start the next round as soon as all games in a particular flight of matches are done.

Time Event
6:00pm-7:00pm National Science Bee Rd. 1
7:00pm-8:00pm National Science Bee Rd. 2


Saturday, December 12

Time Event
11:30am-12:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 3
12:30pm-1:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 4
1:30pm-2:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 5
2:30pm-3:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 6


Saturday, December 19

Time
Event
4:30pm-5:30pm National Science Bee Octofinal Round
5:30pm-6:30pm National Science Bee Quarterfinal Round
6:30pm-7:30pm National Science Bee Semifinal Round
7:30pm-8:30pm National Science Bee Final Round