Introduction to the 2022 Great St. Lawrence Trading Game

The Great St. Lawrence Trading Game immerses players into the economies of eight U. S. States and Canadian Provinces along the St. Lawrence Seaway. While both Canada and the United States have evolved into post-industrial economies dominated by high tech and information industries, natural resources and industrial production are still important. Much of that commerce is shipped on the waterway extending from the Gulf of Lawrence to Lake Superior. Both countries are global traders, but the United States and Canada are major trading partners with trade in each direction approaching a half trillion dollars. Trading between the Canadian Provinces such as Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba and American States such as Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio is a major driver of their economies. While the United States cancelled the historic NAFTA trade agreement, it has been replaced by the similar United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which had been ratified by all three countries by March 2020.

This game greatly simplifies the Provincial and State economies in many ways. The four Resource regions and four Industrial regions are represented only as simplifications of their complex cultures and economies. It will give players a sense of the challenges facing both sets of regions. Players will deal with the twists and turns of history, while exercising and expanding their diplomatic, tactical, and negotiating skills. Knowledge of global maritime geography, strategy and a bit of luck will also play a minor role in determining the winner of The Great St. Lawrence Trading Game.

This event is for Middle School & Elementary Division Students Only

Geographeud once again returns to the IGB Worlds event line up for 2022. This required team event sees two teams compete against each other in a competition reminiscent of the American game show Family Feud. In Geographeud, we ask teams to name one of the top five (or six, or seven, etc.) of a geographical category. For example “Excluding Brazil and Portugal, name the top five countries with the most Portuguese speakers.” Or, “Name the top six lakes by volume in the world.” Teams send up one of their players to buzz in on an initial guess – whoever gets the higher value controls the board (or can elect to pass). We then continue with the other team members, though once a team gets three strikes, the other team then can win the round by naming one of the remaining answers the first team missed. Of course if the first team gets all entries before getting three strikes, then they win.
The exact number of rounds will be a function of the overall number of teams; this will be determined in advance of IGC once registration closes.

Many geographically savvy students have enjoyed the Geoguessr game since it debuted online in 2013. We’ll play a modified version of it on the first evening of IGC; the exact rules and requirements for it will be posted in advance of IGC in 2022.

Geopardy, as its name suggests, is a game based on the popular quiz show Jeopardy! with a number of adjustments so that we can make it a competition event for IGB Worlds. Up to 8 students compete at a time, selecting clues of varying values and difficulty from a grid of categories (all of which, of course, will have geographic themes). Students will not be able to ring in until the moderator has finished reading each question. If a student answers correctly, they get the points, and pick the next question.
For sake of keeping things clear to non-native English speakers (and those not as familiar with the game show), we will form the clues in the form of questions, and students will only need to give the answers (i.e. and not answer in the form of a question as on the show). There may be various hidden squares (i.e. not just Daily Doubles as on the show), but other twists as well. The number of rounds each student will play will be a function of how many players sign up, but all students will certainly get a chance to play at least one full game.

This event is for High School Division students only. This event counts 1/3 towards the individual IGC Championship Title for High School Division students.

Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, have become a critically important tool within the discipline of geography. As geographers have grown increasingly accustomed to using GIS in their work, it’s important that students looking to study geography in their university studies and careers gain a working understanding of GIS. For High School Division students only, we will thus be inaugurating a GIS competition at the International Geography Championships. The structure, rules, and evaluation criteria for this event will be developed in conjunction with professional geographers, and a summary of them, along with instructions on how best to prepare, will be posted on this page in the months leading up to the 2022 IGC.

Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary
Competition Type: Team, 6 different events
This is a required event for all competing students.

The Hextathlon (sometimes spelled Hexathlon; both versions are considered correct) is a collaborative team event where team members will work together to come up with correct answers on 6 different types of quizzes, including the following:
1. Crossword Puzzle Quiz
2. 3-2-1 Quiz
Teams will hear questions audibly and have the chance to submit an answer off a difficult clue for 3 points, a moderate clue for 2 points, or an easy clue for 1 point. Clues will be read in 3-2-1 order, with teams having an opportunity to submit an answer before the next clue is read. Teams can only submit 1 answer per question, however (i.e. you cannot submit an answer after each clue, or go back and change your answer upon hearing a later clue)
3. Multiple Choice Quiz
4. Map Quiz
5. Audio Quiz
6. Picture Quiz

There will be a limited amount of time for each version of the quiz (likely 12-16 minutes for each step), and each quiz will be worth the same amount in the overall score.

Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary
Competition Type: Individual, Non-Buzzer Quiz Game

Knockout is a competition unique to the International Geography Championships and the International History Olympiad.* Up to 10 players sit or stand in a circle. One player begins, and then selects another player – that player then has to answer a question correctly. If they don’t, they get a strike. If they answer correctly, then they get the chance to pick the next player. If you get a certain number of strikes, then you’re out! The top players move on to additional rounds. At the end of the rounds, the last players to get knocked out receive bronze and silver medals, and the sole survivor is the gold medalist.

* IGCd trivia note – The idea for this event comes from Jeder Gegen Jeden (translation: Each Against Everyone) – a German language TV quiz show. If you’re interested in seeing an episode of Jeder Gegen Jedenclick here. Even if you don’t speak German, you can probably get the gist of the show – and if you listen carefully, you may even be able to figure out a few of the questions and answers.

All students will get a chance to go sightseeing and see the most famous sites of Vieux-Québec, the nearly 500 year old historic center of the city. Sites that will be visited include the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, Quartier Petit Champlain, Monument Samuel De Champlain, the Chateau Frontenac, and much more.

However… the walking tour will not just be a chance to see the historic sites of Quebec City, but it will also be combined with an official medal event, the Scavenger Hunt! For a whole afternoon, students will tour the city in chaperoned small groups. They will need to complete tasks, use map skills, and follow a strict set of rules to maintain fairness and safety. Further details will not be revealed until the beginning of the sightseeing / Scavenger Hunt so that students are not able to unduly prepare in advance, as the point of the Scavenger Hunt is not to test preexisting knowledge, but give students a chance to use their geographic skills to cogitate and strategize in a unique and historic setting.

We will be including a Strategy Game of some sort (i.e. computer game, board game, etc.) among the medal events at the International Geography Championships, though we have not yet determined which game this will be. If you have ideas in terms of what specific game (where luck is not a primary factor, and geographic skills are rewarded) you might like to see included, please let us know as we are open to recommendations (just email us at info@iacompetitions.com).

Just make sure that a clear winner can be determined in 90-120 minutes among at least 36 students. For example, if you play for 45 minutes in groups of 6 students, then if the game isn’t over yet, at least be sure you can have one student who is ahead and can be called the winner when time runs out.  So, if you have 36 students, for example, you can play 2 games in the allotted time frame, and in the second game, all the 1st place students from the Round 1 groups then play for the medals in a different 45 minute round (and the 2nd place finishers can play a second match amongst themselves too, etc.).

This event is for High School Division Students Only

For the 2022 International Geography Championships, we are introducing a new event whereby students will do their own research, the Symposium. First, students will write a 2500-3500 word geographic-themed research paper on a topic of their choice. The research paper must be entirely original, though it is permitted for students to submit a relevant paper that they have previously written as part of their academic studies in school or homeschooling. Papers must be formatted to include proper footnotes and a bibliography and should include a wide variety of sources. Any evidence of plagiarism will lead to immediate disqualification.

Students’ papers will be due on June 10, 2022, and will then be read by IGC staff. The top students will then be subject to an oral examination by their readers. Those who pass the oral examination will take part in the Symposium with historians, teachers, and academics (who will have read students’ papers in advance). The Symposium will consist of a final defense of the paper. The top three students, as selected by the readers and examiners will win the gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Note: You are welcome to use whichever citation format you prefer, although you must cite sources. Footnotes are preferred over endnotes, if you are using footnotes. You are also welcome to use MLA format (whereby, you would just indicate the author’s name [and work if citing more than one source by the same author] in parentheses, followed by the relevant page number). For all papers, a bibliography must be included, and a wide variety of sources (especially primary sources and interviews) is encouraged.

For the 2022 International Geography Championships, we are introducing a new event which showcases how geography plays a major role in global affairs and society: the Task Force. Four separate Task Forces will be offered at IGC. The current proposed topics are Geography and International Business, Rainforest Conservation, Urban Planning and Gentrification, and Quebec and Climate Change. These are subject to change, however. The official topics will be confirmed by early 2022, potentially earlier. All four task forces will be open to students in all age divisions (students will compete separately within their age division though), however the topics will be dealt with in a more complex way with each increasing age level.

Students who compete in each task force will write a paper in advance of IGC on a particular aspect of their Task Force topic. Students will also listen to online speakers, read articles, and familiarize themselves with the topic in advance of IGC.

At the IGC in Quebec City, students will then come together in their age division groups, present their findings, listen to further presentations from experts, analyze further materials, and then draft a slate of recommendations to a particular audience (e.g. an NGO, a government official, a CEO, etc.) regarding the topic.

The Task Forces will be application-only events with a field cap of 15 students in each division for each topic. Students can compete in multiple task forces if space is available, though priority is given to letting as many students as possible  compete at least once before students are allowed to compete in multiple events. Details on how to apply will be forthcoming in early 2022. Students will be evaluated not only through their own presentations, but on how well they collaborate in the group (hint: talk less, listen more!) and the merits of their contributions to the final report.

For the 2022 International Geography Championships, we are introducing a new event which showcases how geography plays a major role in global affairs and society: the Task Force. Four separate Task Forces will be offered at IGC. The current proposed topics are Geography and International Business, Rainforest Conservation, Urban Planning and Gentrification, and Quebec and Climate Change. These are subject to change, however. The official topics will be confirmed by early 2022, potentially earlier. All four task forces will be open to students in all age divisions (students will compete separately within their age division though), however the topics will be dealt with in a more complex way with each increasing age level.

Students who compete in each task force will write a paper in advance of IGC on a particular aspect of their Task Force topic. Students will also listen to online speakers, read articles, and familiarize themselves with the topic in advance of IGC.

At the IGC in Quebec City, students will then come together in their age division groups, present their findings, listen to further presentations from experts, analyze further materials, and then draft a slate of recommendations to a particular audience (e.g. an NGO, a government official, a CEO, etc.) regarding the topic.

The Task Forces will be application-only events with a field cap of 15 students in each division for each topic. Students can compete in multiple task forces if space is available, though priority is given to letting as many students as possible  compete at least once before students are allowed to compete in multiple events. Details on how to apply will be forthcoming in early 2022. Students will be evaluated not only through their own presentations, but on how well they collaborate in the group (hint: talk less, listen more!) and the merits of their contributions to the final report.

For the 2022 International Geography Championships, we are introducing a new event which showcases how geography plays a major role in global affairs and society: the Task Force. Four separate Task Forces will be offered at IGC. The current proposed topics are Geography and International Business, Rainforest Conservation, Urban Planning and Gentrification, and Quebec and Climate Change. These are subject to change, however. The official topics will be confirmed by early 2022, potentially earlier. All four task forces will be open to students in all age divisions (students will compete separately within their age division though), however the topics will be dealt with in a more complex way with each increasing age level.

Students who compete in each task force will write a paper in advance of IGC on a particular aspect of their Task Force topic. Students will also listen to online speakers, read articles, and familiarize themselves with the topic in advance of IGC.

At the IGC in Quebec City, students will then come together in their age division groups, present their findings, listen to further presentations from experts, analyze further materials, and then draft a slate of recommendations to a particular audience (e.g. an NGO, a government official, a CEO, etc.) regarding the topic.

The Task Forces will be application-only events with a field cap of 15 students in each division for each topic. Students can compete in multiple task forces if space is available, though priority is given to letting as many students as possible  compete at least once before students are allowed to compete in multiple events. Details on how to apply will be forthcoming in early 2022. Students will be evaluated not only through their own presentations, but on how well they collaborate in the group (hint: talk less, listen more!) and the merits of their contributions to the final report.

For the 2022 International Geography Championships, we are introducing a new event which showcases how geography plays a major role in global affairs and society: the Task Force. Four separate Task Forces will be offered at IGC. The current proposed topics are Geography and International Business, Rainforest Conservation, Urban Planning and Gentrification, and Quebec and Climate Change. These are subject to change, however. The official topics will be confirmed by early 2022, potentially earlier. All four task forces will be open to students in all age divisions (students will compete separately within their age division though), however the topics will be dealt with in a more complex way with each increasing age level.

Students who compete in each task force will write a paper in advance of IGC on a particular aspect of their Task Force topic. Students will also listen to online speakers, read articles, and familiarize themselves with the topic in advance of IGC.

At the IGC in Quebec City, students will then come together in their age division groups, present their findings, listen to further presentations from experts, analyze further materials, and then draft a slate of recommendations to a particular audience (e.g. an NGO, a government official, a CEO, etc.) regarding the topic.

The Task Forces will be application-only events with a field cap of 15 students in each division for each topic. Students can compete in multiple task forces if space is available, though priority is given to letting as many students as possible  compete at least once before students are allowed to compete in multiple events. Details on how to apply will be forthcoming in early 2022. Students will be evaluated not only through their own presentations, but on how well they collaborate in the group (hint: talk less, listen more!) and the merits of their contributions to the final report.

The 2022 International Geography Championships will feature a team-based Treasure Hunt on the Université Laval campus. Further details will not be revealed until right before the event, but this event will rely on strategy, map analysis, and knowledge of all aspects of geography.