Special thanks to:

Diamond Sponsor, The Dow Chemical Company

Platinum Sponsor, BASF Corporation

See a full list of National Challenge sponsors here.


Meet the Student Participants

Meet each of the 42 students from grades 5-8, each representing their own state or U.S. territory.

Attend the National Challenge

Registration for the event is now closed. If you are registered for the National Challenge, all events will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008), in Washington’s Woodley Park neighborhood, near the Smithsonian National Zoo.

  • The event’s hotel room block is now closed. If you are registered and still need to reserve a hotel room please contact CEF staff via email at akeese@chemed.org.  
    • Additional reservations will be made based on availability; CEF cannot guarantee reservations requested after May 14.
    • The National Challenge rate is $229/night plus tax.
  • Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding reservations.
  • Any requests to change or cancel an existing reservation should be emailed to akeese@chemed.org by Friday, June 1.

Valet parking (daily and overnight) is available at the hotel. The National Challenge rate is $35/day plus tax.

All National Challenge events will take place on the West Promenade and registration will be at the West Registration Desk.

Schedule Overview

Sunday, June 17

5:30 pm: Meet the Nominated Educators Reception & Dinner, Ambassador Ballroom – CEF will welcome sponsors, general attendees, and the 2018 Nominated Educators to the National Challenge.

Monday, June 18

8:00 – 10:00 am: Competition Breakfast, Ambassador Ballroom
10:00 am: Doors open for 2018 National You Be The Chemist Challenge® competition, Regency Ballroom
10:30 am: National Challenge competition begins, Regency Ballroom
12:00 pm: Volunteer Appreciation Lunch, Ambassador Ballroom – This event will have a special focus on YBTC volunteers but is open to all attendees.
1:45 pm: National Challenge competition resumes, Regency Ballroom
5:00 – 6:30 pm: Celebration Reception & Award Ceremony, Ambassador Ballroom – Join us as we celebrate and recognize the 2018 National Challenge Participants. Beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tuesday, June 19

8:00 – 10:00 am: Farewell Breakfast, Ambassador Ballroom

Rules & Format

All National Challenge attendees should familiarize themselves with 2018 National Challenge Rules and the 2018 National Challenge FormatIf you have questions concerning the rules and format, please contact CEF at challenge@chemed.org.

Please Note: As of June 1, 2018, the 2018 National Challenge Format has been updated. If you accessed this document prior to June 1, 2018, please download the latest version of the competition format linked above. 

Get Ready!

Learn more about previous National Challenges here, and check out the highlight video below:

 See you in Washington, D.C.!