The National History Bee for the Elementary (i.e. up through 6th grade) and Middle School (i.e. 7th and 8th grade) is currently overseen by a separate organization known as ACE according to an operating agreement that runs through the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. Aside from ensuring adherence to the operating agreement, NHBB (i.e. the organization that oversees the high school division of the National History Bee and Bowl, as well as the US History Bee) has no control over the administration of the National History Bee and Bowl at the Elementary and Middle school levels – this is the sole responsibility of ACE during this time.
The National History Bee for the Elementary and Middle School divisions functions somewhat differently than Bee tournaments at the Junior Varsity and Varsity level (where are overseen by NHBB, not ACE). Prior to the tournament (i.e. Elementary and Middle School Regional Finals) stage, students compete in the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, and in many cases, also compete at the intramural level. Students who finish in the top half at the Regional Finals are then invited to compete at the National Championships, which in 2016 featured over 1000 competing students from throughout the USA.
Elementary and middle school students are also always welcome to take part in the Junior Varsity division of National History Bee high school-level tournaments, though these tournaments only qualify students for the National History Bee Junior Varsity National Championships.
The sign up period for the National History Bee’s Elementary and Middle School Divisions runs each year through around the end of January; on a case by case basis, students and schools may sometimes sign up later if space is still available for the Regional Finals in their region. Contact Eric Huff and Nick Clusserath, who together oversee this competition at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!