You Be The Chemist Challenge
The You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge® is an exciting academic contest that uses the drama of competition to encourage grade 5‒8 students to explore important chemistry concepts, scientific theories, and laboratory safety. Think spelling bees or quiz bowls but with science questions!
The Challenge is an individual (not team based) competition and operates on three competitive levels: local, state, and national. Each year, educators administer a multiple choice Qualifying Exam to identify the top students from their school who will advance to their Local Challenge competition. In states with more than one Local Challenge site, top students from each Local Challenge advance to a State Challenge competition in April. The top student from each state wins an expenses-paid trip to the National Challenge (together with a chaperone!) in Philadelphia in June. CEF creates the educational content, industry and community members organize and/or sponsor the events, and educators reinforce science concepts with all of their students through the supplemental study materials.
How do I get involved?
CEF is always looking to get more students, schools, and community partners involved in the excitement of the Challenge! Please contact CEF at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 571/482-3039 to learn how YOU can get involved.
I'm a parent...
Check out the Local Challenge page to see if there's a Challenge site in your area. Then, complete the Parent Inquiry Form and send it to email@example.com. We'll let you know how to get your child involved!
I'm an educator...
There is no cost for a school to participate in the Challenge. The only requirement is to administer the multiple choice Qualifying Exam to identify the students who will move on to the Local Challenge. CEF encourages educators to review the Challenge study materials with students, but this is not required. To learn more, please complete the Educator Inquiry Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll let you know how to get your students involved!
I'm an interested volunteer...
Please visit the Local Challenge Organizer page to learn more about coordinating a Challenge site. Once you've taken a look, please complete the Volunteer Inquiry Form or the Industry Inquiry Form and send it to email@example.com. We'll let you know how to get started!
For more information about each level of the Challenge follow the links below:
See below for important dates for the 2014-2015 Challenge cycle. Please note that all dates are tentative and may change.
September 15, 2014
Local Challenge site registration opens for Organizers
(Schools must register for their Local Challenge site through their Local Challenge Organizers)
Study materials for the 2014-2015 cycle are posted to the Study Materials page
December 2014 - March 2015
Participating schools administer the Qualifying Exam to identify who will move on to the Local Challenge competition
February 1, 2015
Local Challenge registration deadline
(All Local Challenge site and school registrations and participation data must be submitted)
March 28, 2015
2015 Local Challenge competitions deadline
April 25, 2015
2015 State Challenge competitions
June 22, 2015
2015 National Challenge
Rules & Participation Requirements
The 2014-2015 Challenge Guidelines will be posted in late summer 2014. See below for a list of basic participation requirements.
Updated materials for the 2014-2015 cycle will be posted to the Study Materials page on September 15.
YBTC Challenge Style Guidelines
Official CEF and YBTC Style Guidelines (Must Read)