ANNOUNCING: The 2018 National You Be The Chemist Challenge Champion!
Meet the 7th grader from Virginia, who earned the Championship title on June 18!
You Be The Chemist®
CEF takes a community approach to science education. We foster a vibrant network of chemistry industry leaders, educators, and volunteers to ignite students’ passion for chemistry and STEM-related careers.
Business-and-community partnerships bring You Be The Chemist® programs to students in grades K-8 – an impactful time to introduce chemistry and STEM concepts.
The programs inspire students to pursue science-related education through high school, college, and into the workforce: hands-on Activity Guides, educator Professional Development, and an academic Challenge competition.
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 program is an academic competition for students in grades 5-8, when most U.S. students have not studied chemistry as its own subject. Participation in a Challenge offers a critical exposure to chemistry concepts. Since 2004, a National You Be The Chemist Challenge has been the culmination of local and state Challenges nationwide. In 2018, participant students from 42 states will gather on June 18 in the nation’s capital for the 2018 National Challenge!