May 24th, 2010 | Published in Google Earth
Since last fall, more than 4 million students across the United States have competed in local geography bees, answering complex geographic questions to show their understanding of the world around them. In just a few days, this year’s 54 National Geographic Bee finalists will be arriving in Washington D.C. to compete for the winning spot.
Google is sponsoring the Bee for the second year in a row in support of its mission to raise awareness and support of geography education. Held at National Geographic’s headquarters and broadcast on public television stations across the country, the competition inspires and challenges students to learn how people and places interact and how environments and economics interrelate. These students’ knowledge exemplifies why geography matters! You can get to know the finalists by using this interactive Google Map.
From there, you can check out the videos the students have created about their passion for geography, with a surprise appearances by several members of Google’s geo team: