Student contest for geography classrooms

Who: Open to all high school students

What: 30-45 second video PSA that illustrates the connection between world population reaching 7 billion to one of three topics (food security, the global status of women/girls, wildlife habitat)

When: Now! The deadline to submit videos is February 21, 2013.

How: Students start by visiting where they’ll find everything they need – from background information on population and filming tips to contest rules and judging criteria.

Where: Videos are to be uploaded directly to

Prizes: Twelve students will win prizes of up to $1,000. Participating teachers are eligible to receive a complimentary set of Population Education curricula.

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United States Geography Challenge

The United States Geography Challenge (, is a new geography competition for American students ages 12-18. Aside from being a nationwide competition, the US Geography Challenge has been endorsed by the National Council for Geography Education as the qualifying competition for US students to attend the 2013 International Geography Olympiad (iGEO, in Kyoto, Japan. Although the International Geography Olympiad has existed since 1996, the USA has never participated until now.
Please note that, based on age requirements established by iGEO, only Varsity students (those born before July 1, 1997) will be eligible to compete for a spot on the US Team at the International Competition.

The US Geography Challenge was founded this past summer by David Madden and me (Enrico Contolini). Mr. Madden is a former 19-day champion on the quiz show ”Jeopardy” who is also the founder and Executive Director of The National History Bee and The National History Bowl. Mr. Contolini is the father and coach of Isabella Contolini, the Colorado National Geographic Bee champion in 2010 and 2011 and top female student nationally both years. Please note that the US Geography Challenge is independent of the National Geographic Society and the National Geographic Bee (which is only for 4-8 graders). The US Geography Challenge thus gives high school students the opportunity to participate in a geography competition as well.

The US Geography Challenge consists of two stages this year. On approximately 80 different occasions around the country, students will have the opportunity to take a qualifying exam. The qualifying exam sites and dates coincide with the regional tournaments of The National History Bee and Bowl. This ensures that thousands of students will conveniently be able to take the exam as they will already be attending the history tournaments. Then, on April 26, 2013, in Arlington, VA, the US Geography Challenge National Championships will be held. This event will also coincide with the National History Bee and Bowl National Championships on April 27-28. The top four (4) students at the National Championships will then constitute “Team USA” at the International Geography Olympiad next summer.

We hope you will take a few minutes to visit our website where a list of competition sites is maintained, and “like us” on our Facebook page ( ), where trivia questions, articles, book suggestions, quizzes and more are posted on a regular basis. We would also greatly appreciate, if you would be willing to spread the word about the US Geography Challenge with others interested in geography, including high schools in your area.
For any question or suggestion, please feel free to reach us at:  (David Madden) and  (Enrico Contolini).


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