The Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) is a nationally-recognized, award-winning nonprofit organization committed to enhancing science education among every generation, beginning with our youth.
You Be The Chemist®
The Chemical Educational Foundation’s You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) programs are designed to enhance K-8 science education by introducing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives. To accomplish its mission, CEF relies on the collaboration of industry, educators, and all members of a community to enhance science education among every generation, beginning with our youth.
You Be The Chemist® Activity Guides
The You Be The Chemist® Activity Guides: Lesson Plans for Making Chemistry Fun offer a variety of exciting science lesson plans, enabling educators to bring hands-on learning to students, inside and outside of the classroom. The content of the guides aligns to the national framework established for the Next Generation Science Standards. They are free to download, or can be purchased on a flash drive.
You Be The Chemist Essential Elements℠
You Be The Chemist Essential Elements℠ is a professional development workshop designed to provide K–8 educators—our “essential elements” in education—with methods for teaching chemistry concepts through hands-on learning and real-world connections. Essential Elements is based on the 5E constructivist learning cycle approach to teaching.
You Be The Chemist Challenge®
The Challenge is a fun and interactive academic competition that engages grade 5–8 students in learning about important chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. Challenge competitions take place across the country, encouraging the collaboration of industry members, schools, and community organizations. The Challenge cycle culminates in the National YBTC Challenge in June.