Rules and Regulations – All new this year

  1. Challenge Scope: The Canadian Geographic Challenge, (“Can Geo Challenge”), is a national bilingual competition for Canadian students in grades 4-10. It is open to all schools and home-schools in Canada.
    1. A school is defined as any educational establishment registered in their provincial or territorial jurisdiction.
    2. A home school is any organization that is registered as such on the Canadian Geographic Education Website (cangeoeducation.ca)
    3. Students who wish to participate but are not able to do so through their school must submit a letter to [email protected] stating that their school is not participating. Permission to participate will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
       
  2. Challenge Details: The Challenge has two levels; Level 1 is open to students in grades 4-6 and Level 2 to students in grades 7-10. Both levels will be offered in both official languages: English and French.
    1. Students who are in grades lower than those specified are eligible to participate at higher levels (i.e. a student in grade 5 may participate in level 2 if they choose)
    2. Students in grades higher than those specified may participate but are not eligible for prizes, including attending the National Final.
    3. There are no age limits within the Challenge as long as students are registered in the grade levels outlined above.
    4. Level 1 begins in the classroom (“Classroom Challenge”) and progresses to the school round (“School Championship”). Level 1 ends with the naming of a School Champion.
    5. Level 2 begins in the classroom (“Classroom Challenge”), then progresses through to the school round (“School Championship”), then the provincial/territorial round (“Provincial/Territorial Challenge”), and finally the national round (“National Final”). Level 2 ends with the naming of a National Champion.
  3. Organization:
    1. The Can Geo Challenge is run by Canadian Geographic (Can Geo) Education. Can Geo Education is the standing educational committee of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
  4. Challenge Period:
    1. The 2017 Can Geo Challenge opens in October 1, 2017 and concludes with the National Final in Ottawa, ON, in the spring of 2018.
    2. Schools participating in Level 2 must register, complete the Can Geo Challenge classroom and school level quizzes, and enter their School Champion’s name in the appropriate field on their account before 11:59:59pm ET on March 1, 2018.
      1. In the event of a tie, school coordinators are to use the tiebreaker quizzes available in their account to break the tie and name their school winner before March 1, 2018. Only one winner per school may be submitted.
      2. School winners that are not entered into the online system by this date may receive their prize but will not be eligible to participate in the Provincial/Territorial or National rounds of the competition.
      3. School winners entered into the online system after April 30, 2018 will not be eligible to receive prizes.
    3. Schools participating in Level 1 must register, complete the Can Geo Challenge and enter their School Champion’s name in the appropriate field on their account before 11:59:59pm ET on April 30, 2018.
      1. In the event of a tie, school coordinators are to use the tiebreaker quizzes available in their account to break the tie before April 30, 2018.
      2. School winners entered into the online system after April 30, 2018 will not be eligible to receive prizes.
  5. Eligibility:
    1. Compliance with Rules: All schools and participants in the Can Geo Challenge must adhere to these official rules (“Rules”). Can Geo Education reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any school that does not comply with the Rules or with any subsequent instructions provided as part of the Can Geo Challenge.
    2. A school’s failure to adhere to any of the Rules, as determined by Can Geo Education in its sole discretion, will also render the school ineligible to participate in any future Can Geo Challenge and ineligible for any Can Geo Challenge rewards, prizes or compensation of any kind.
    3. Level 1
      1. All registered Canadian schools are eligible to participate in the Can Geo Challenge. There is no limit to the number of classes and students that can participate in one school.
      2. Home-schooled students are eligible to participate as long as they have registered as a home school with Can Geo Education.
    4. Level 2
      1. All registered Canadian schools are eligible to participate in the Can Geo Challenge. There is no limit to the number of classes and students that can participate in one school.
      2. Home-schooled students are eligible to participate as long as they have registered as a home school with Can Geo Education.
      3. Provincial/Territorial Challenge – each school that participates in the Level 2 competition may enter only one School Champion into its online account to participate in the provincial/territorial portion of the competition.
        1. All School Champions in Level 2 are eligible to compete in the Provincial/Territorial Challenge as long as all required fields are completed online no later than March 1, 2018.
        2. All teacher accounts with a school winner entered by the deadline will be contacted with instructions for the provincial/territorial round by March 2, 2018 .
      4. National Final – The 13 provincial and territorial champions, who receive 50 per cent or higher on the provincial/territorial test, along with the 7 other highest scoring students on the provincial/territorial test, will be asked to participate in the National Final held in May 2017.
        1. Teachers and students who have advanced to the National Final will be notified by email by April 16, 2018.
        2. If a student is unable to attend the National Final, or they are unable to confirm their participation by April 25, 2017, their spot will be offered to the next eligible participant.
        3. If confirmation of participation is not received by deadlines specified in email communication, participants forfeit their spot. This is a non-negotiable decision.
        4. The top three finishers in the National Final will be named: National Champion, first runner-up, and second runner-up. They will receive prizes from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
        5. Students who have won first place in the National Final are not eligible to return to the National Final.
  6. How to Enter:
    1. One in-school coordinator must register a school online on the Can Geo Challenge website. In-school coordinators who have previously participated in the Can Geo Challenge can use their previous account information and update their account.
    2. In-school coordinators sign into their account to access the questions.
  7. Questions:
    1. All questions are written by a committee comprised of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and geography teachers across Canada. They are then fact-checked and verified by staff members of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
    2. Questions can be completed online or in written form.
    3. Teachers who complete the quizzes in written form are responsible for marking their students’ tests and submitting their school winner’s information online.
    4. Any concerns or inquiries about the questions and/or answers should be raised before you begin the Can Geo Challenge at your school by contacting [email protected].
    5. Any concerns about the Provincial/Territorial Challenge questions should be raised immediately after completion of the provincial/territorial test.
    6. Judging decisions made by members of the organizing committee and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society are final.
  8. Prizes:
    1. All winners of the School Championship (“School Champions”) will receive a certificate, a medal and a free one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic. In order to receive their prize all required information fields must be entered into the in-school coordinator’s online account no later than April 30, 2018.
    2. National Final prizes are subject to change on a year-by-year basis. The Can Geo Challenge Committee reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any of the contest prizes.
    3. The top five finalists for the 2018 Can Geo Challenge National Final will receive a berth on One Ocean Expeditions Fins and Fiddles trip July 14-24, 2018. If, for any reason, one of the national finalists cannot go, he or she must forfeit their prize without any additional compensation. More information will be provided to the top five national finalists.