The Needham Civics Bee

What is the League of Women Voters of Needham Civics Bee?

The LWV-Needham Civics Bee is an annual event, co-sponsored by Needham Public Schools, that is usually held on a Sunday afternoon in early March. It is a fun, community-building event to encourage knowledge of government and increase civic engagement.

Who competes in the Civics Bee?

Teams of three answer questions on our local, state and federal governments. Adults, high school students and/or eighth graders may form teams of three members, or individuals can register and will be assigned a team.



Why should I participate?

  • To encourage civic interest and participation
  • To join together students, civic leaders, and interested community members
  • To support a catalyst for learning and community spirit
  • To have fun on a Sunday afternoon!

What types of questions are asked? Some examples…

  1. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
  2. What is Needham’s legislative body called?
  3. How many U.S. Supreme Court justices are there?
  4. What is the length of the term of office for the Governor of Massachusetts?
  5. True or False–One can register to vote at a MA Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  6. Under the U.S. Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. Which one of these is NOT a federal government power? A. print money, B. provide schooling and education, C. declare war, D. make treaties, E. create an army.


  1. We the People
  2. Needham Town Meeting
  3. Nine
  4. Four years
  5. True
  6. B

How do I get involved?

On-line team and individual registration begins in January. Instructions and materials will be posted on this webpage.