I think Smarty might have a better chance with National Science Bee that she also qualified for. Her brain seems to work differently remembering definitions for scientific concepts. I wonder if it's a matter of emotional connection - she is more interested in science and in math than in history. Unfortunately, science bee also has a lot of questions where a clue refers to dates and places of scientific discoveries and the answer requires naming a scientist. Alternatively, the name and the date is given and the discovery needs to be named. In any case, I think participating in these bees this year (the last year she is eligible for them) will be a new experience to her, and she will meet the kids in the regionals who train for these events since kindergarten. I don't expect her to advance to national finals, but I am hoping that she might be interested in participating in science competitions when she is in high school, and I am thinking of offering the school help in setting up a science bowl team.
Do your kids remember names and dates?