The second stage of the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions of the National Science Bee is the annual Varsity / JV National Championships. The inaugural Varsity / JV National Science Bee National Championships will be held online on Friday-Saturday, December 19-20, 2020.

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 Varsity and Junior Varsity US National Championships. Further logistical details on IAC Varsity & JV Nationals weekend are available here. Registration will open for the National Championships soon.

The National Championships of the National Science Bee consists of four preliminary and two final 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 two playoff rounds will follow the IAC Championships Individual Event Playoffs Scoring System and Rules and will have 35 questions each.

Please click here to access the National Science Bee – Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions Question Distribution File (which details how many questions in various fields of science can be expected to appear in each round)

Costs
The cost of the 2020 National Science Bee National Championships is $65.

Prizes
$2000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the 2020 Varsity and Junior Varsity 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.


Saturday, December 19

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
4:30pm-5:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 1
5:30pm-6:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 2
6:30pm-7:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 3
7:30pm-8:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 4


Sunday, December 20

Time
Event
1:00pm-2:00pm National Science Bee Semifinal Round
2:00pm-3:00pm National Science Bee Final Round