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

 

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.