The 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge is Underway!

Calling all scientists, mathematicians, and filmmakers, ages 13-18, from around the world. The 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge is underway. This competition, in partnership with the Khan Academy, invites students to submit a video (max 5 minutes) that explains a challenging and important concept or theory in mathematics, life sciences, or physics. The winner will get a $250,000 scholarship. The winning student’s teacher and school will also benefit: … Continue reading The 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge is Underway!

The Shape of Barbie

BUSINESS Mattel has unveiled curvy, petite and tall versions of its iconic fashion doll. The new body types will also be sold in an assortment of skin tones, eye colors, and hairstyles. (New York Times) Use our resources to learn how Barbie made her debut. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How did Barbie come … Continue reading The Shape of Barbie

The ‘Last Great Race’ Is On

SPORTS Athletes are mushing across the Alaskan wilderness in hopes of becoming top dog in the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (National Geographic News) Read our interview with current Iditarod leader Jeff King to better understand what it takes to win the ‘Last Great Race.’ Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific 2010 article on the Iditarod. What are some of the most difficult obstacles … Continue reading The ‘Last Great Race’ Is On

National Geographic Bee 2012: And the winner is…..

One might think that the brightest geographic minds in the world reside within the ivy-covered walls of our universities, in high levels of government, or at prestigious publications, such as National Geographic. Once again this year, experts worldwide were blown away by the astuteness of the finalists of the National Geographic Bee, an annual competition hosted by the Society, now in its 24th year.  

Staff at NG headquarters have spent the past week humbled by the knowledge of the contestants. On Monday, 54 young boys and girls from throughout the United States arrived in Washington, aiming to take home a $25,000 scholarship by the end of the week. Only one walked away with the prize, Rahul Nagvekar, a 14-year-old 8th grader from Texas.

Nagvekar beat out nine other finalists in Grosvenor Auditorium, in front of a live crowd of over 400, and a nationwide audience on the National Geographic Channel when the special aired Thursday evening. In addition to the $25,000 scholarship, Nagvekar won a trip to the Galapagos Islands, as well as a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, which includes a subscription to the monthly journal, National Geographic magazine.

From left: runner-up Vansh Jain of Wisconsin;
third-place winner Varun Mahadevan of California;
Jeopardy! host and Bee
moderator Alex Trebek; and champion Rahul Nagvekar of Texas. Photo by Laura

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Geography Bee State Finalists for 2012

Since the first National Geographic Bee in 1989, millions of students have competed each year for a U.S. $25,000 college scholarship and the honor of being national champion.
The champions have come from diverse backgrounds–ranging from large cities to family farms. They have had varied interests and today are pursuing different educational paths. Among their shared characteristics are the desire to excel and an inherent curiosity about geography and the world around them.


Aadith Moorthy, 2010 GeoBee winner, receives a check and a lifetime membership to National Geographic. Photograph by Mark Thiessen.

On March 30, 2012 about 100 fourth to eighth graders in each of the 50 states, D.C., U.S. territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools faced off during the National Geographic state level bees.

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