CEF’s You Be The Chemist Challenge® is a collaborative, multilevel student science competition that celebrates the science of chemistry and elevates STEM careers. 5th-8th grade students are eligible to compete in teams of four (4). All students must be from the same school/organization.

Challenge registration is now closed!
Click here to submit your team’s video and storyboard.


The 2020-2021 Challenge cycle will be held virtually due to COVID-19. See below for more details.

Click here to watch a recorded presentation on the 2020-2021 Challenge cycle from the CEF team.

September 16, 2020

Rules released. Click here to access the 2020-2021 You Be The Chemist Challenge® Official Rules: Virtual Academic Competition.

September 28 – December 31, 2020

Registration open

November 2020 – April 2021

Teams collaborate to create a video based on a prompt exploring chemistry concepts that will be evaluated by a panel of judges. All teams will create and submit a video.
Click here to access the video prompt, rubric, guidelines, and storyboard template.
Click here to submit your team’s video and storyboard.

February – March 2021

Students compete in one of four virtual events taking place during this timeframe where they answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions. Teams must be identified before the virtual events. During the virtual event students answer questions individually, and a student’s scores are averaged with those of their teammates to calculate a team’s overall score.

May – June 2021

CEF will announce whether the National Challenge will be held virtually or in-person by March 31, 2021. Stay tuned for more information.


Interested in recruiting schools to participate in the Challenge? Use this school recruitment email template!


Get involved with the You Be The Chemist Challenge:

Participate as a Student: Students in grades 5 through 8 are welcome to participate in the Challenge.

Involve your Students (for Educators): Enroll your students to participate in the Challenge.

Sponsor: Provide financial support for the Challenge experience to students and educators in your community.

Email challenge@chemed.org for more information on how to get involved with the You Be The Chemist Challenge.