CEF’s You Be The Chemist Challenge® is a collaborative, multilevel student science competition that celebrates science and elevates STEM careers. To find out more about the Challenge, please click here. 5th-8th grade students are eligible to compete in teams of three (3) – four (4). To find a Regional Challenge in your area, see our list of In-person events!
Registration for the 2023-2024 Challenge is now OPEN!!
October 2, 2023
Rules and study material released.
Teams can begin working on their video, to be submitted by March 22, 2024.
December 29, 2023
January 8, 2024
Deadline for in-person Team Coordinators to administer the Qualifier exam and complete Team Submission.
January 19, 2024
In-person Regional Challenge events begin. In-Person Regional Challenge events will occur between Friday, January 19 and Sunday, March 10.
January 31, 2024
Team Submission closes for virtual participants.
(Please note – teams participating in person must complete their Team Submission by January 8).
March 2 & 6, 2024
Teams participating in the virtual track compete in the virtual Regional Challenge on one of these dates (selected during Team Submission). Teams may submit answers as a group or answer questions individually. If team members answer questions individually, their scores will be averaged.
March 22, 2024
Video Submission deadline.
Teams collaborate throughout the year to create a video based on the year’s prompt that will be evaluated. All teams participating at an in-person or virtual Regional Challenge event must create and submit a video.
State winners will be announced at the end of April.
The National Challenge will be held in person in Houston, TX.