20140205_dowmsa-315Our You Be The Chemist® programs focus on grade K-8 education in and outside of the classroom. These programs enhance STEM education and work to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and chemical industry leaders. We provide a variety of opportunities for all generations to participate in our programs, both in your local community and nationwide!

Students and Families

You’ve come to the right place for science resources that are fun for the whole family – and might even win you a trip to Washington, D.C.!

DO try this at home!

Our Activity Guides aren’t just great classroom resources – they’re fun to try at home, too! You can find the materials at your local supermarket or big-box store (you may even have them at home). Try some out on the weekends, on school break – whenever!

Compete in chemistry!

Who will be the next National You Be The Chemist Challenge Champion? Students in grades 5-8 are invited to participate in our exciting academic question-and-answer competition.

Educators and SchoolsAtlanta Sci Fest volunteers

All of our programs provide opportunities for K-8 educators to enhance science education in your classrooms and schools!

Hands-on lessons

We offer over 50 free lesson plans for K-8 educators to use as a resource in the classroom. Our Activity Guides are available online – download lesson plans, activity sheets, and more!

Professional development

Learn more about FREE professional development workshops through the Essential Elements program. 

The Challenge academic competition for grades 5-8

Participating in the Challenge will get your students excited about chemistry! The Challenge program gives your students the opportunity to compete for national recognition and prizes. There is no cost for schools or students to participate.

Companies and Organizations

Your participation in our programs is vital! Supporting the You Be The Chemist programs financially or through volunteerism is a great way to forge ties between your company and the communities in which you operate.


  • Introduce our programs to local schools
  • Organize or assist with Local or State Challenges
  • Guide the development of our scientific content
  • Conduct our hands-on experiments in a classroom or after-school setting


  • Local, State, and National Challenge events
  • Essential Elements workshops
  • Activity Guide flash drive donations

Please contact us to talk more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits: comments@chemed.org or 571-482-3056.


To learn more about investing in STEM in your community with CEF, contact us at comments@chemed.org or 571-482-3056.