Registration for the 2021-2022 Challenge cycle will open October 6, 2021.

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).

There will be two participation tracks for the 2021-2022 Challenge cycle – in-person and virtual. Team Coordinators must select a participation track when they register their team. This selection may not be changed unless local health guidelines change for the area in which a team will participate. 

Competition Timeline

October 6, 2021

Registration open and rules released

Teams can begin working on their video, to be submitted by March 4, 2022

December 31, 2021

Registration closes

Deadline for Team Coordinators to administer the Qualifier exam

January 10, 2022

In-person Regional Challenges begin

March 4, 2022

Teams collaborate throughout the year 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. The deadline to submit a video is March 4, 2022.

March 5, 2022

Teams participating in the virtual track compete in the virtual academic competition on this date, where they will answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions during the event. Teams must be identified before the virtual event. During the virtual event students answer questions individually, and a student’s score is averaged with those of their teammates to calculate a team’s overall score.

May 2022

State winners and national finalists will be announced in May.

June 5-7, 2022

The National Challenge will be held in-person in Houston, TX.


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 for more information on how to get involved with the You Be The Chemist Challenge.