Challenge Studying

The best way to prepare for the Challenge is to review CEF’s study materials and to understand how to apply your knowledge to solve problems. The resources below are suggested to help students understand the study materials and to help teachers prepare their students for the Challenge.

Students are encouraged to explore these resources to:

  • Answer questions they have while reading the study materials
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the study materials
  • Practice using their knowledge to solve problems

Many of these resources cover material that is more advanced than what is included in the Challenge study materials and questions. These resources are provided to supplement CEF’s study materials and are not comprehensive of what will be tested during Challenge competitions.*

Past Challenge Study Materials

Please note that the content listed in these materials may not be reflected in Challenge questions. All Challenge questions will be derived from the current study materials.

United Nations – 17 Sustainability Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to transform our world. They are a call to action to end poverty and inequality, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy health, justice and prosperity.

Other Additional Resources

Do you have resources to share? Let us know! Email

General Educator Resources

Below are some resources that educators around the country have shared with us. These may help you to implement hands-on chemistry activities with your learners.

Essential Elements workshop materials:

Other useful resources:*

*Disclaimer: CEF does not endorse any specific company, website, or online resource or product, and CEF is not responsible for any content displayed on a third-party website. This webpage is a compilation of suggested resources for educators and students who are involved in the You Be The Chemist Challenge program. These resources are not comprehensive of what will be included in Challenge questions.