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! Registration for the 2021-2022 Challenge cycle will open in fall 2021.

Congratulations to the 2021 state winners and national finalists! Click here to see the list of each and their video submissions.

Click here to watch the 2021 National Challenge.


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

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.

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

State winners will be announced in May and the National Challenge will be held virtually on June 12.


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.