The 2018 Middle School & Elementary Division US Geography Olympiad National Championships will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on June 2! The MS & Elem. Intl. Geography Bee Nationals, as well as the National Science Bee, National Humanities Bee, and US Academic Bee and Bowl will be at the same spot on June 3-4. The Middle School & Elementary Nationals for the National History Bee and Bowl (run by ACE) will be on June 1-2. We hope to see you there for four days of wall to wall academic competition action! See…/ for details and a downloadable schedule of events.

The 2018 Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships of the United States Geography Olympiad will be held on Saturday, June 2 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The USGO National Championships will run from 7pm-10pm that evening (the Elementary Division will end by 9...
Sand dunes in the Sahara Desert, near the town of Ain Sefra in Algeria, were covered with as much as 16 inches of snow after a rare winter storm Jan 7.

Happy new year from USGO! Here's an interesting piece on economic geography as some New Year's Eve food for thought:…/the-gamblers-ruin-of-small-cities…

Small industrial cities are accidents of history, and sometimes their luck runs out

Merry Christmas to all from all of us at USGO and the International Geography Bee! If you want a geographic twist to your Yuletide, track Santa's flight around the world, courtesy of NORAD!

A list of students attending the inaugural 2018 International Geography Bee World Championships is now being maintained here on the IGB website. Check and see who's coming to Berlin next July, and hope you can join us too!…/

The inaugural International Geography Bee World Championships will be held on July 12-17, 2018 in Berlin, Germany with events being held at the John F. Kennedy School and around Berlin. July 11 will be the arrival day; students may arrive at any point in time during that day, but must be in Berlin b...
What’s that on the sea ice off Nome’s coast? Shortly after Christmas, each year, the town creates its own “forest” made up of used Christmas trees. It’s a seasonal example of Western Alaska cheerfu…

Where is the remotest part of the world you've been?

Education through Exploration

Do you run, bike, swim or ski? check out this "sport map" generated by Strava:…

Over 1 billion activities, 13 trillion data points create the ultimate map of athlete playgrounds.

Welcome to a new competition year of the US Geography Olympiad! We're excited to begin our 6th year overall, with some new changes in store (and in particular, the inaugural 2018 World Championships of our sister competition, the International Geography Bee in Berlin on July 11-17, 2018!) See for full details on that and our post at…/ for the full start-of-year announcement for USGO.

The International Academic Competitions network of competitions is active in over 30 countries around the world! Explore the world of IAC at
The Vatican is home to some of the worlds greatest architectural achievements and packed with historical buildings. However, most don't know about the Tower of the Winds, a tower which helped create the calendar used by nearly everyone around the globe today.

Congratulations to Team USA for finishing 3rd at the 2017 International Geography Olympiad in Belgrade! USA's highest finish to date was powered by a Gold medal-winning performance by Martin Rakowszczyk from Rockville, MD, and Silver medals from AJ Manning (Bartow, FL), Kyle Yu (Westlake, OH) and Jakob Myers (Naperville, IL). Thanks for making America proud!

"Don't know much about geography..." So goes the song lyric over the radio in my hotel in the Marais district in Paris as I sit here writing next year's USGO National Qualifying Exams... Hope you're having a great summer and see you in the fall for a new year of the US Geography Olympiad and the International Geography Bee!

BBC Travel asked the globemakers of London-based Bellerby and Co. what are the most important skills needed to craft a perfect world.…
Have a look at this website for various geography resources, especially if you're planning on roadtripping this spring or summer.

You can’t explore the open road without knowing a bit about geography.

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Austria is providing an ingenious solution to the desperate problem of overflowing rubbish in Rome.
Following years of drought, California's deserts have erupted with a "super bloom" of wildflowers visible even from space.