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What is the North South Foundation (NSF) History Bee?

The NSF History Bee is intended as an opportunity for elementary and middle school children to study history and become more aware of the importance of History in day-to-day events.

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What is the importance of History?

History is important because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows understanding our present. Studying history can also provide us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

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Why is there a focus on India in NSF History bee?

Being Indian-Americans, it is our responsibility and pride to impart the knowledge of Indian history and culture to our children, especially because the regular history curriculum in the United States barely provides rudimentary understanding of the complex history of India. That is why we are making it a part of the syllabus for the NSF History Bee.

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Who can participate in the NSF History Bee contest?

See the section on History Contest Rules.

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Can a Junior History Bee contestant also participate in the Senior History Bee?

No, a participant can only participate in one History bee and in one regional center only.

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Can a child in Kindergarten (KG) participate in the Junior History Bee?

Yes, a child in KG is allowed to participate in Junior History Bee, on an equal basis without any special privileges. Parents should bring young children into the contest with the primary aim of getting them familiar with the Bee. Over the last several years many young children have participated and done exceedingly well in various contests.

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Are the questions multiple-choice?

Roughly around half the questions will be multiple choice.

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How can I register for the NSF History Bee contest?

Online registration via NSF homepage is generally available, starting early December. You can also refer to the Regional Contest Calendar or ask your Chapter Director about registration deadlines and contest dates.

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How can we make our children motivated?

Read stories and watch videos about historical events and leaders. A lot of learning can happen without the child even realizing it! Watch the news regularly as a family and encourage discussion of events. This would help the young children to become aware of the events happening around them.

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How can my children prepare for the NSF History Bee contest?

See the section on History Bee Preparation.

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By competing in the NSF History Bee, can my children become eligible to participate in the National History Bee and Bowl?

NSF History Bee is not associated with the National History Bee and Bowl. You need to consult with your children’s school on the rules for entering the National History Bee and Bowl. What is important, however, is that by participating in the NSF contest, your child will be better prepared to compete in the National History Bee and Bowl.

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Will the NSF History Bee be conducted at all centers where Spelling Bees are conducted?

NSF History Bee is being introduced in 2019 and will be offered as a pilot program only at selected centers at the Regional level. It will not be offered at the National level in 2019.
Consult your Chapter Director for the specific contests being offered in your location.

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