What: Buzzer quiz tournament
Who: Individual event for competing students.
The Scramble will once again return to the International Geography Bee World Championships with the most difficult buzzer-based questions of the entire week! In contrast with 2018 when the Scramble topic was relatively broad (that topic was the Geography of the Caribbean), in 2022, we’re going to get much more specific and much harder. Think something like “the Geography of Madagascar” where the easiest answerlines would be “Antananarivo” or “Mozambique Channel.” The Scramble will feature 25 or 30 (TBD) tossup questions in both the Preliminary and Final round for all age divisions.
The Scramble topic will be revealed in on July 20, 2022, and students will have a week to prepare on a very specific topic. The idea of the Scramble is not to test students’ prior geography knowledge, but rather, who is most capable of learning the most about a subject in a short amount of time. Please note the following regarding the potential Scramble topic:
-As the 2018 Scramble topic was the Geography of the Caribbean, the 2022 IGB Worlds Scramble topic will not have a Caribbean theme.
-The 2022 IGB Worlds Scramble topic will not give any country a particular advantage (i.e. we will wait until registration closes to determine the topic). If it is area-themed, it will also not be centered on East Asia or South Asia, as we have other Bees for those regions which students will be studying for.
-The IGB Worlds Scramble topic will also not overlap with the selected U-Pick, We-Write topic at IGB Worlds.
-It is possible that the Scramble topic will not be area-themed at all (e.g. something like Aquifers could be the topic). If something like this is selected, then it is possible (actually, very likely) that some of the questions could deal with countries where participating students are from, along with the Caribbean, East Asia, and South Asia. In this case, however, the questions at the Scramble would go well beyond the typical difficulty used in other competitions, again, to incentivize specific preparation and reward short-term memory skills.