A special thanks to our Diamond Sponsor, The Dow Chemical Company, and Platinum Sponsor, BASF Corporation, for their support of this event.

See a full list of National Challenge sponsors here.



The information below does not apply to National Challenge Participants & Chaperones, Judges, Officials, or Nominated Educators. If you fall into one of these categories, please check your inbox (on Wednesday, April 25) for special instructions and a unique registration link. Do not register using the link below.

If you are a sponsor, general attendee, or family member/friend of a National Challenge Participant, please read the following information about the 2018 National Challenge.



Important Dates:

Monday, May 14 – Room Block Closes & Early-Bird Registration Pricing Ends
Tuesday, May 15 – Registration Fee Increases to $45
Friday, June 1 – Registration Closes & Cancellation Deadline

Schedule Overview:

All events will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Sunday, June 17

5:30 pm: Meet the Nominated Educators Reception & Dinner – 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
10:00 am: Doors open for 2018 National You Be The Chemist Challenge® competition
10:30 am: National Challenge competition begins
12:00 pm: Volunteer Appreciation Lunch – this event will have a special focus on YBTC volunteers but is open to all attendees.
1:30 pm: National Challenge competition resumes
5:00 – 6:30 pm: Celebration Reception & Award Ceremony – 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

Registration & Room Block:

Register for the event using this link: http://www.cvent.com/d/9gqnnd

Early-bird registration fee: $25

  • The fee will increase to $45 on May 15 so be sure to register early!

Reserve your room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel using the National Challenge registration form.

  • Please do not contact the hotel directly to make a reservation.
  • The National Challenge rate is $229/night plus tax. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until all rooms are booked or May 14 – whichever comes first!

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


Watch this video for highlights from the 2017 National Challenge and read about previous National Challenges here.