The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is a national academic contest that encourages grade 5-8 students to explore important chemistry and STEM concepts and their real-world applications. The Challenge is a unique opportunity for a variety of community partners—including schools, industry, higher education, and community groups—to come together and show their support for STEM education.

Challenge participation starts at the school level and continues with Local, State, and National Challenge competitions. The Challenge is an individual (not team-based), quiz-bowl format competition. The top student from each state receives an expenses-paid trip to the National Challenge!

Want to get involved in the Challenge? Find out how!

School registration for the 2015-2016 school year will open in September 2015.

Where are the Challenge sites in your area?

Local Challenge competitions are held in February or March within a county or metropolitan area. In states with more than one Local Challenge, top students from each Local Challenge advance to a State Challenge competition in April. Preparations for the 2015-2016 Challenge have just begun so stay tuned for more information coming soon. In the meantime, see below for more information about the 2014-2015 Local and State Challenge competitions.

Local Challenge Listing 2014-2015

Where are the Challenge Sites in your area?

Click on the map or select a state/territory from the dropdown above.