The National History Bee
About the History Bee
The National History Bee for Middle School, created by the National History Bee & Bowl (NHBB), is an academic quiz tournament that promotes history education in a fun and exciting way. Starting October 2011, students in grades 6 through 8 across the US competed in Regional Bees, culminating in 32 champions. These outstanding students traveled to Washington, DC to challenge each other in the Final Championship. HISTORY will air the lively final rounds of this first-ever tournament in a two-hour television special, premiering on Friday, June 1 at 8p/7c. In this fast-paced competition, 16 students race to demonstrate their knowledge of history from a wide array of eras and disciplines.
Brought to you by HISTORY and sponsor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the National History Bee is an exciting way for audiences to test their own knowledge. Popular television personality Al Roker serves as the moderator during the competition, asking the questions and interacting with the students competing. The television special is hosted by HISTORY/H2's Brian Unger. Joining them as a roving reporter is Rutledge Wood from HISTORY's Top Gear, along with expert commentator Bob Harris.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is the generous sponsor of our Grand Prize Scholarship. HISTORY and HMH have an exclusive, long-term partnership that is revolutionizing the way students learn and educators present social studies and history subjects. Combining the experiential multimedia assets of HISTORY and the innovative learning solutions of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we’re creating digital learning materials that will engage and educate students of all levels.
Our 32 Regional Champions will be receiving subscriptions to both Mental Floss and The Week magazines. Mental Floss combines education and entertainment, providing its readers with information in science, history, arts and pop culture, and THE WEEK ‘s broad focus covers U.S.and international news, the best columns from here and abroad, business, health, science, and technology, plus books, film, the arts, consumer reviews, and leisure activities.
Sign up for the National History Bee for Middle School is done by the local middle school administrators at the Intramural level. The information you provide here will be supplied to the National History Bee & Bowl (NHBB) organization who will include the school in their communications to officially sign up for the Bee. You will also receive any notifications and updates.
If you are a middle school administrator interested in registering your school for next year's National History Bee, please visit http://historybee.com/