GeoBee Challenge HD by National Geographic
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that GeoBee Challenge is a great tool for geography buffs to hone their knowledge of places and landmarks from around the world. The app pulls no punches with its questions, which involve either tapping the correct multiple choice response or finding a location on the world map. A bonus round shows photographs of landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Victoria Falls, and Mt. Rushmore and asks players to locate them.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- reading comprehension
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- academic development
- achieving goals
- working efficiently
Engagement, Approach, Support
Design, graphics, and map quality are high, but difficulty level may be frustrating for kids as well as adults.
Although GeoBee Challenge is a good test of existing knowledge, it doesn't contain a learning mode.
Kids don't have a way to glean information other than by getting questions wrong and remembering their mistakes.
Is it any good?
GEOBEE CHALLENGE is a refreshingly world-centric (as opposed to U.S.-centric) quiz game with a broad range of questions that are rooted in geography with some politics and history. There are some seriously challenging questions here (sample: "Nigeria has extensive oil reserves in the Gulf of Guinea and in the delta of what major river?") meaning this is not an app for the young'uns. Not only that, but to achieve the maximum accuracy score you must click on the exact location of the area or landmark -- general vicinity won't cut it. That's fair enough, but the app sometimes comes across as a little too picky, like when it penalized us for clicking on the "wrong" part of Baffin Island, a large land mass in the Canadian arctic. Further confusing things, some of the locations are marked with red dots while others aren't, questions are sometimes cut off, and duplicate questions occur a little too frequently, sometimes in back-to-back quizzes. There's plenty to learn here, but be prepared for a barebones and somewhat glitchy presentation.
Families can talk about...
Visit the National Geographic Society Bee web page.
Play geography based car games, such as trying to find all 50 states license plates.
Volunteer to help your child's teacher with a bee team.