CEF’s You Be The Chemist Challenge® is a collaborative, multilevel academic competition that celebrates the science of chemistry and elevates STEM careers.

Registration for the 2019-2020 You Be The Chemist Challenge is open! All participating schools must register by December 6, 2019.

5th – 8th grade students are eligible to compete in teams of four. Teams qualify for and compete at the following levels:

School Level
Students individually take a multiple-choice test (called the Challenge Qualifier) provided by CEF at their school and team members’ answers are averaged to determine each team’s score.

Regional Level
Qualifying teams compete at Regional Challenges where they collaboratively answer timed short-answer questions. The winning team from each Regional Challenge advances to the national level. *

* If a state has only one Regional Challenge, the top two teams from that Challenge will advance to the national level. If a state has more than on Regional Challenge, one team from each of the Regional Challenges in that state will advance to the national level if fewer than ten teams participate at the Regional Challenge. If more than ten teams participate at a Regional Challenge in a state with more than one Regional Challenge, the top two teams from that Regional Challenge will advance to the national level.

National Level
Advancing teams from each Regional Challenge create a video exploring the role of chemistry in their community. Videos are evaluated by a panel of judges, and the top video from each state is recognized on the CEF website. The top 10 teams, selected from those recognized in each state, participate in an on-site competition in Houston, TX, where they are evaluated onsite by a panel of judges on their video creation process, explored topics, and overall knowledge of scientific concepts addressed in the video. The top teams receive prizes and recognition.

Where are the Challenge Sites in your area?

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

Get involved with the You Be The Chemist Challenge:

Volunteer: The Challenge relies on a network of dedicated volunteers — our Challenge Organizers — to coordinate the Challenge at the school and regional levels.

Participate as a Student: Students in grades 5 through 8 are welcome to participate in the Challenge. Email the Regional Challenge Organizer in your area (click your state in the above map to see their contact information) to find out more about participating in the Challenge in your community.

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