CEF provides study materials to help students succeed at every level of the Challenge and highlight the fascinating world of chemistry and its real-world applications.
To prepare for a Challenge competition, students should carefully read and review the information in the Challenge study materials. Competition questions are based on an overall understanding of chemistry and science concepts presented in these study materials, as well as the relationships among concepts.
While competition questions are largely derived from information contained in CEF’s study materials, they are not limited solely to this information. CEF also provides a Suggested Additional Resources page to help participants and teachers seek other examples and explanations of chemistry concepts. Looking at outside resources will help students to connect concepts, apply their knowledge of chemistry to familiar and unfamiliar situations, and learn more about the world around them!
Official CEF periodic tables:
The study materials for the regional level of the Challenge will be available in October 2019.
Below are the Challenge study materials for the Challenge Qualifier.
Next Generation Science Standards
The You Be The Chemist Challenge® Passport to Science Exploration study materials introduce students in grades 5-8 to the fascinating world of chemistry and science. These study materials may be used to supplement classroom learning towards meeting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Learn how each posted section of the study materials aligns to NGSS performance expectations:
Please note: CEF does not endorse or approve the use of any questions – other than those posted on this webpage – for the purposes of preparing for any level of the Challenge. Challenge competition questions (including the Challenge Qualifier) are for competition purposes ONLY and should not be shared at any other time. Any access to 2019-2020 Challenge questions outside of an official competition is grounds for participant disqualification.