National Science Bee Finals
There are 3 levels of competition for Science Bee:
- Junior Science (JSC): Grades 1, 2 and 3
- Intermediate Science (ISC): Grades 4 and 5
- Senior Science (SSC): Grades 6, 7, and 8
- A contestant who participated in a higher level bee cannot participate in a lower level bee in subsequent years.
- The contest is conducted in two phases for JSC and ISC, and three phases for SSC. Phases I and II are written. All contestants participate in both Phase I and Phase II. SSC will feature a Phase III, which is oral (see below).
- Contestants are responsible to bring their own pencils and erasers.
- Contestants are seated by the badge number order from left to right.
- Calculators are NOT allowed at any level during Phase I and II.
- All sheets (including question and answer sheets) should be returned at the end of the contest. It is the responsibility of the contestant to write the badge number on the answer sheet.
- Unclear and illegible writing might be open for misinterpretation. Contestants are expected to write clearly and legibly.
- There will NOT be any partial credits for steps. There are NO negative points for any incorrect answer. If the final answer is incorrect, zero points are awarded, and if the answer is correct, one point is given.
- Each contestant is given a booklet containing 30 questions and has 30 minutes to answer them.
- Each contestant is given a booklet with 30 questions along with a student answer sheet (last page) with 30 numbered rows to write the final answer. While some questions may be in a multiple choice format, others may require the contestant to derive the answer with no answer choices being provided.
- Each question has adequate space to work out the answer. No other sheets are given. Contestants are allowed to use the backside of the question paper if more space is needed to work out the problems.
- Contestants are required to transfer the answers from the question paper to the corresponding numbered row in the student answer sheet.
- All contestants will move on to Phase II. Each contestant will answer a set of the same 20 questions. These questions will be projected on a screen and read by a pronuncer in sequence. The contestant has 45 seconds to answer each question. Contestants are required to transfer the answer to the corresponding numbered row in the student answer sheet.
- We are introducing a new Oral round ("Phase III") as a pilot event in the 2018 National Finals, only for the contestants at the Senior level. This Phase III will closely follow the syllabus and question difficulty-level of the US National Science Bowl (NSB) Middle School competition, which can be found at this URL:
- Unlike the National Science Bowl, which is a team-based event, Phase III at SSC National Finals will be based solely on individual efforts.
- The top 10 winners from the written contests (based on Phase I+II combined scores) will be invited for an oral Phase III round, with a live audience. Based on the cumulative scores of Phase I and II, the judges determine a list of top 10 contestants who advance to Phase III. Because of potential ties, the judges use tie-breaker rules outlined below to arrive at the top 10 contestants to go into Phase III.
- Those selected for Phase III will all be seated in one room. Each of these 10 Phase III contestants will be provided a buzzer.
- A set of 50 questions will be read to contestants, one after another. Questions will be very similar to NSB questions, except that there will be no questions on Mathematics. Questions will be of the "short answer" type, or multiple choice questions with “W”, “X”, “Y”, or “Z” answer choices. For multiple choice questions, only answers that match the correct answer choice exactly, or the correct alphabet corresponding to that choice (“W”, “X”, “Y”, or “Z”) will be accepted, consistent with the rules of the National Science Bowl.
- At the beginning of Phase III, every contestant begins with a score of zero. After each question is read, the contestant who hits the buzzer first will be recognized by the moderator. Then, the contestant can say aloud his/her answer. If the contestant answers the question correctly, 1 point is added to the contestant's score. If an incorrect answer is provided, 1 point is subtracted. Each contestant's score is updated cumulatively until all 50 questions are read. If no one buzzes within 5 seconds of completing the question, the moderator will move on to the next question.
- After a contestant presses the buzzer, he/she has 5 seconds to provide the answer. Only the first verbalized answer will be counted as a response. After buzzing in, if the contestant stalls instead of promptly saying the answer, it will be counted as "incorrect", and 1 point will be subtracted.
- A contestant may buzz-in before the question is read in its entirety. In that case, the moderator will stop reading the question, and recognize the contestant. Buzzing-in before the question is completed does not affect the scoring in any way. However, if a contestant says the answer without buzzing-in, 1 point will be subtracted. So, buzzing-in is mandatory.
- Any contestant who attains a cumulative score of "-3" at any stage of the oral round will be eliminated.
- Once all 50 questions have been exhausted, the contestants remaining in the game will be ranked based on their cumulative scores. If the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranking contestants are clearly evident, Phase 3 concludes at this point. If score-ties preclude the definitive identification of the top 3 contestants, the contestants at the top will continue playing 10 additional questions in order to break any ties.
- Since some questions may involve calculations, paper and pencils will be provided. No calculators are allowed. For quantitative answers, no units need to be provided, unless explicitly asked for.
- Since time is limited, no challenges will be entertained, from the participants or parents. The moderator/judge will have the final say. All feedback and questions should be addressed to the organizers AFTER the event.
- Throughout the contest, all audience members and participants should maintain absolute silence, except for the contestant who has buzzed-in to answer. Those who disobey this rule will be asked to leave the contest room.
- Two separate sets of Awards will be awarded for Senior Science Bee. As in previous years, one set of awards will be awarded based on the combined scores of Phase I (30 questions) and II (20 questions). The first place winner shall be ahead by at least one point to be declared as the champion. If there is any tie for the top ten positions, it is broken as per the tie-breaker rules outlined below. Since the Foundation recognizes only the top 10 ranks, any tie is broken among the top ten places.
- In addition to the above awards, separate awards will be given (only for SSC contestants) based on the oral Phase III round, to the top 3 ranking students.
To break the ties, the scheme outlined below is followed in the order given:
- Combined Phase I and II score
- Phase I score alone
- Phase I score among questions 26-30
- Phase I score among questions 21-25
- Phase I score among questions 11-20
- Phase I score among questions 1-10
- If the above steps fail to break the tie in question, the Foundation may use additional measures including date of birth to resolve the tie.
Phase I (Written):
Phase II (Written):
Phase III (Oral):
Winners and Ranks:
Tiebreaker Rules for Ranks 1-3 and for Ranks 4-10:
The following books contain good preparatory material for the NSF Science Bees. These could serve as reference for the Science Bee aspirants to explore and understand various scientific concepts. Students are encouraged to refer other materials as well in preparing for the Science Bee.
Published by Macmillan/McGraw-HillTitle: Science A Closer Look Grade 1 Student EditionISBN: 9780022880057MHID: 0022880054
Title: Science A Closer Look, Grade 2, Student EditionISBN: 9780022880064MHID: 0022880062
Title: Science A Closer Look, Grade 3, Student EditionISBN: 9780022880071MHID: 0022880070
Published by Macmillan/McGraw-HillTitle: Science: A Closer Look, Grade 4, Student EditionISBN: 9780022880088MHID: 0022880089
Title: Science: A Closer Look, Grade 5, Student EditionISBN: 9780022880095MHID: 0022880097
Published by Macmillan/McGraw-HillTitle: Science: A Closer Look, Grade 6, Student EditionISBN : 9780022880118MHID: 0022880119
Published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2008Glencoe Science Level RedTitle: Glencoe Science: Level Red, Student EditionISBN: 9780078778063MHID: 0078778069
Glencoe Science Level GreenTitle: Glencoe Science: Level Green, Student EditionISBN: 9780078778087MHID: 0078778085
Glencoe Science Level BlueTitle: Glencoe Science: Level Blue, Student EditionISBN: 9780078778100MHID: 0078778107
- Science Quizzes
- National Science Bowl - Middle School Student Info
- National Science Bowl - Middle School Sample Questions
- National Science Bowl - Middle School Academic Question Resources
- NASA Jet Propulsion Lab - Education Resources
Apart from the above books and resources, listed below are several additional resources students can consult to learn about Science and to prepare for the Science Bee:
- www.harcourtschool.com This is a good free website with lots of visually presented science topics arranged by grade level. This constitutes a good website to begin with.
- Your school textbook: Since the syllabus drawn up for this Bee closely parallels textbooks used in US schools, the textbooks that students use in their own schools are likely to constitute excellent study resources for the Bee.
- Wiki Answers
- National Science Bowl - High School Sample Questions
The NSF Science Bee is intended as an opportunity for elementary and middle school children to study Science and become more aware of the importance of Science in day-to-day events.
It is unthinkable to imagine a world without science and technology. Science and technology are one of the core tenets of human advancement. Our quality of life and our day to day comforts are all results of application of science and technology. Medical advances are saving lives daily; space scientists have put man on moon; Internet and computers have revolutionized the way we access and consume information - the list is endless.
NSF Science Bee intends to ignite the young minds to explore the fascinating world of Science and Technology. Preparing for the Science Bee itself will take you on a journey of discovery and kindle interest in various branches of science. After all, the journey is more important than the destination.
The NSF Science Bee is a brand new product for 2010. A pilot project refers to an initial roll out of a product into production, targeting a limited scope of the intended final audience [def: Wikipedia]. This contest is expected to evolve in terms of content and format based on the feedback received from children, parents and volunteers during the pilot phase. Also, NSF will not be conducting National Finals for the Science Bee during 2010.
Although Science Bee is a pilot this year, the cost of running the contest is the same as other contests. Also 2/3rd of the fee is considered as donation by the parents to NSF. Thus the parents are helping the most deserving poor students going to college in India.
No, a participant can only participate in one Science Bee and in one Regional center only.
Yes. A child in KG is allowed to participate in Junior Science Bee, on an equal basis without any special privileges or concessions. Parents should bring young children into the contest with the primary aim of getting them familiar with the Bee.
Online registration via NSF homepage is generally available, starting January. You can also refer to the NSF Contest Calendar or ask your Regional Coordinator about registration deadlines and contest dates.
NSF Senior Science Bee is available to be offered at all chapters. The local chapter can choose to offer this Bee or decide against it. Please consult your Chapter Coordinator for the specific contests being offered in your location.