Google is sponsoring the Bee for the fourth year.
“Because maps are such an integral part of how we live and do business, it's important that we invest in geographic literacy and education. The students who participate in the National Geographic Bee have demonstrated an impressive understanding of the world around them, and we're thrilled that young minds across the globe are using Google Geo products to learn and collaborate. In this 25th year of the competition, we're proud to sponsor the program and encourage the next generation of explorers and innovators,” said Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering, Google Earth and Maps.
“The Geographic Bee is an outstanding program that provides students a unique opportunity to better understand our world and the events happening around them,” said Bob Jirsa, president of Plum Creek Foundation. “Education is one of the focal points of our Plum Creek Foundation, so we're pleased to continue our partnership with the National Geographic Society's Geographic Bee program to sponsor state Bees across the United States.”
The state Bees are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The first level began last November with contests in nearly 11,000 U.S. schools, in which millions of students participated.
The preliminary rounds of the national contest will take place on Monday, May 20. The championship round featuring the top 10 finalists - moderated by “Jeopardy!” quizmaster Alex Trebek for the 25th year - will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at the National Theater in Washington, D.C. For the first and only time, tickets for the national finals are on sale to the public at http://nglive.org/geobee.
National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.