School registration for the 25th annual Bee is now open. Since the National Geographic Bee made its debut in 1989, millions of American school children have competed in this annual geography contest. Schools with any of the grades four through eight are eligible to participate. Principals must register the school. The fee is $100 before the deadline of October 15, 2012, and $120 from that date until December 14, 2012. Schools receive the questions and other materials needed to conduct their Bee. The national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. For detailed information and registration instructions, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.
Watch the winning moment from the national finals of the 2012 National Geographic Bee:
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO), a non-profit organization that designs professional development travel programs for educators, is offering several travel opportunities during the summer of 2012. Destinations are India/Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Egypt, Turkey (8 days), Turkey (15 days), South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and Costa Rica. The trips are 8 to 24 days in length. Three hours of graduate school credit are available through Indiana University. Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at the GEEO website.
K-12 teachers and environmental educators are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship to help offset the cost of an Amazon rainforest workshop in Peru, June 29–July 8, 2012. The workshop is organized by Environmental Expeditions. Participants will join group leader Donna Krabill from the Norfolk Botanical Garden, biologist Steve Madigosky from Widener University, and entomologist Randy Morgan from the Cincinnati Zoo. Land cost is $1,850 ($850 for scholarship recipients), plus air. An optional Machu Picchu trip is also offered. Academic credit is available. Scholarship applications are due by March 8. Open registration continues through May. For the complete trip itinerary, registration instructions, and the scholarship application, please visit the Travel2Learn website.
The Geography Education Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is sponsoring an impressive array of sessions and presentations at AAG’s Annual Meeting in New York City, February 24-28, 2012. If you are planning to attend the meeting, you may be interested in attending some of these geography education sessions. You can preview the complete list of GESG sessions and abstracts.
The Asian Educational Media Service of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will host Chinese Film and Society, a summer teacher institute from July 9 to August 3, 2012. The institute, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, aims to “to make use of films to understand and interpret Chinese history, culture, and contemporary society, and to understand the problematics of film as a medium for representing an entire nation.”
This opportunity is open to K-12 educators and graduate students of education intending to become teachers. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012. Visit the Chinese Film and Society website for more information about the institute and complete application instructions.