Nat Geo Bee From the Field is an exciting multimedia experience for schools participating in the National Geographic Bee. The experience is controlled by the teacher and should be projected for the class or group of students to watch and listen. This pilot version of Nat Geo Bee From the Field can be used as a supplemental classroom experience this year—it is not meant to take the place of your standard school preliminary competition. We appreciate your assistance in testing this experience. Based on your feedback, we will make revisions to the experience and plan to offer From the Field to all schools next year in addition to the standard Bee materials.
This digital Bee experience consists of three rounds of five questions each, for a total of 15 questions. The experience will take about 20-25 minutes. All students answer all of the questions at the same time by writing their answers on an answer sheet, which can be downloaded here. Please print this answer sheet and photocopy for your students. It is two-sided and intended to be sent home with the students after the Bee is over so they can quiz their parents using the questions on the back.
Each round is presented by an explorer and uses Nat Geo’s greatest assets—videos, photos, and maps. The rounds are Wild RIvers, Our National Parks, and Amazing Animals. The teacher follows the orange navigation buttons on each screen to advance the experience. Each round starts with an introduction from the explorer and then moves on to question one. After the question video, there is an automatic timer that counts down 15 seconds while students write their answers. Controls exist for repeating the question, if necessary. The timer then continues where it left off when the question was repeated. Controls also exist to restart or pause the timer. When time is up, the teacher can advance the experience to show the answer when ready. The teacher can make the experience full screen by pressing F11 if using Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox, and by pressing Control-Command-F if using Safari.
Prior to starting the experience, the teacher should decide how the scoring process will work and explain it to the class. Some ideas include asking students to trade answer sheets after each question so that a different student scores as the answer is revealed, or having students self-grade their answer sheets with teacher monitoring. Alternatively, the teacher can ask each student to answer out loud what they have written and keep track of scores on a separate sheet. Since this is a pilot program this year, student scores from this experience will not factor into their advancement to the school final competition. However, you should feel free to award small prizes to the top scorers.
After you’ve had a chance to test the experience with your students, we invite your feedback through this brief user survey. If you encounter problems with the experience, please email us NGBee@ngs.org to let us know. Thank you for participating in Nat Geo Bee From the Field!