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 on Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, 2020 in Arlington, VA at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

The National Science Bee National Championships are one of a number of events over the period April 23-26 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 by November 2019.

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. The number of students who make the playoffs and who advance from the semifinals into the finals will be a function of the total number of registrants and will be posted here in advance of April 23.

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)

Hotel
Rooms are $150 plus tax for any night from April 22 to April 26. To make reservations at the host hotel (i.e. the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA), please click on this link to make your reservation online.
Please do NOT call any number to make reservations, as you will then not be counted as part of our group, and receive the group rate. For general questions regarding the hotel, you can call the Crystal Gateway Marriott directly at 703-920-3230. Please be sure to book early to reserve your rooms!

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

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: 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.


Friday, April 24

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 Location
All Day Help Desk & Souvenir Stand Open Desk outside Grand Ballroom
7:05pm-8:00pm Opening Ceremonies Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4
8:20pm-8:55pm National Science Bee Rd. 1 Ballroom Spaces & Suites
8:55pm-9:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 2 Ballroom Spaces & Suites
9:30pm-10:05pm National Science Bee Rd. 3 Ballroom Spaces & Suites
10:05-10:30pm National Science Bee Rd. 4 Ballroom Spaces & Suites


Saturday, April 25

Time
Event Location
All Day Help Desk Open Counter Outside Grand Ballroom
12:35pm-1:10pm National Science Bee Semifinal Round Ballroom Salons
1:10pm-1:40pm National Science Bee Final Round Ballroom Salons
1:40pm-1:50pm National Science Bee Awards Presented Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4