National Finals - Science Bee
In addition to all the general contest rules stated by North South Foundation, the following rules are applicable for the ONLINE Science Bee Competition.
There are 3 levels of competition for Science Bee:
- JSC (Junior Science Bee): Grades 1, 2 and 3
- ISC (Intermediate Science Bee): Grades 4 and 5
- SSC (Senior Science Bee): Grades 6, 7 and 8
- The syllabus for the Science Bee, level-wise, can be found on this website. It should be understood that any syllabus can only act as a guideline, and in the same given category of syllabus, the level of difficulty can vary dramatically from a beginner to an advanced level. This syllabus includes a comprehensive list of sub-topics and science vocabulary words the students will be expected to know. While most of the fielded questions will touch upon the topics listed in the syllabus, question papers may also incorporate a few challenging questions that go beyond factual knowledge but, instead, require interpretation or application of the scientific principles covered by the syllabus.
- Science bees (JSC, ISC & SSC) are held in two phases, both ONLINE examinations only.
- In Phase 1, each contestant will be given the same set of 30 questions to answer them. The maximum time allocated to answer the 30 questions is 30 minutes. Each contestant will access the test paper ONLINE with questions along with multiple answer choices. Contestants must select their answer choices and SUBMIT before the time expires.
- In Phase 2, each contestant will be given the same set of 20 questions to answer them. The maximum time allocated to answer the 20 questions is 15 minutes. Each contestant will again access the test paper ONLINE with questions along with multiple answer choices. Contestants must select their answer choices and SUBMIT before the time expires.
- Only your answer choice entries, from the provided multiple choices, are recorded, and graded. Students are not required or allowed to upload their scratch paperwork showing the method that they used. There is no partial credit for steps.
- Students can change their selected answer for any question within the allocated time during the contest, until they click the ‘SUBMIT’ button or the time expires, whichever is earlier. Once a contest is submitted or if the time runs out, no answers can be changed.
- There are NO negative points for incorrect answers. The contestant will be awarded one point for each correct answer and zero for each incorrect answer.
- Contestants may use blank paper sheets, pens and pencils for scratch work and calculations.
- Contestants must not use calculators, books, handwritten or electronic notes, websites, phones, smart watches, or any other form of external help – in person, or by messaging/emails/etc.
- All questions will be multiple-choice type, and the answers will be electronically graded.
- Winners are determined 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.
Tiebreaker Rules for Ranks 1-3 and for Ranks 4-10:
- 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.
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
A new Science competition, called Senior Science Oral Round (SSOR) is being introduced at 2019 National Finals. This oral contest will closely follow the syllabus and question difficulty-level of the US National Science Bowl (NSB) Middle School competition, which can be found at these URLs:
- Unlike the National Science Bowl, which is a team-based event, the Senior Science Oral Round at the National Finals will be based solely on individual effort.
The winners of top 10 ranks from the Senior Science Bee written contests (based on Phase I+II combined scores) will be invited to participate in the Senior Science Oral Round, with a live audience. The list of all winners of Senior Science Bee will be posted, in alphabetical order, after the judging of Senior Science Bee is completed.
Because of potential ties, more than 10 contestants may be awarded Senior Science Bee written contest awards. In these instances, judges will use tie-breaker rules outlined below to arrive at the top 10 contestants for the Senior Science Oral round.
- Those selected for Senior Science Oral Round will all be seated in one room. Each of these 10 contestants will be provided a buzzer. The pronouncer faces the audience. The contestants face the judges and pronouncers.
- 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.
- At the beginning of the oral contest, 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.
- Correct answer: 1 point is added to the score of the recognized contestant.
- Incorrect answer: 1 point is subtracted from the score of the recognized contestant.
- The following cases result in 1 point being subtracted from the score of any contestant who
- Provides an answer before being recognized by the moderator
- Has not provided the answer in 5 seconds
- Stalls instead of promptly saying the answer
- Scores of other contestants are not affected.
- If no contestant buzzes within 5 seconds of the question being completed by the pronouncer, the moderator will move on to the next question.
- Only the first verbalized answer of the recognized contestant will be counted as a response. If the recognized 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, or says the answer before being recognized by the moderator, 1 point will be subtracted. So, buzzing-in and being recognized by the moderator 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, the Oral contest concludes at this point. On the other hand, if score-ties preclude the definitive identification of the top 3 contestants, the contestants who are tied 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.
Winners and Ranks:
The top 3 contestants who rank as 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded at the Awards ceremony. Participation in Senior Science Oral Round does not qualify the contestant for any scholarships.
Tiebreaker Rules to identify the top 10 contestants for the Senior Science Oral Round:
If there are more than 10 winners for the top 10 ranks of the Senior Science Bee, then only the winners tied for the last rank will go through a set of oral tie-breaker questions. This oral tie-breaker session will be conducted at the beginning of the time period that is identified as Senior Science Oral Round in the schedule. The oral tie-breaker questions will be posed one at a time.
- The first person to buzz-in (within 5 seconds) and provide a correct answer gets to participate in the Senior Science Oral Round.
- Providing an incorrect answer at this stage will eliminate the contestant from further consideration.
- Tie-breaker questions will continue to be read until all ten participant spots for the Senior Science Oral Round are filled.
To provide further clarification on tiebreaker rules, some scenarios are provided below:
Two contestants will be eliminated and only 3 of the last 5 contestants will go to the Senior Science Oral Round. As soon as two are eliminated, the oral tie-breaker round will close.
One contestant gets eliminated and only 4 of the last 5 contestants will go to the Senior Science Oral Round. As soon as one is eliminated, the oral tie-breaker round will close.
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.