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,
- to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the study materials, and
- to 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.*
- PhET: interactive science games and simulations. Use the links below to check out some of PhET’s games that help to explain concepts in the study materials!
- Khan Academy: overviews of chemistry concepts and practice questions to test learner knowledge. Khan Academy can help answer questions about the topics below and many more.
- Visionlearning: overviews and multiple-choice quizzes about a wide range of chemistry concepts. Explore the chemistry and general science sections to find resources about topics including those below. Visionlearning can be viewed in both English and Spanish.
- Jefferson Lab: resources for teachers and students, including activities, games, and instructional videos. CEF recommends the games below:
- Grow your understanding of the periodic table of elements by exploring different versions:
- Mathtutor: interactive math practice lessons that provide step-by-step help and feedback. Explore Mathtutor for a refresher on fractions, exponents, decimals, and graphs.
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:
- Workshop Handout – Separating Salt & Pepper, 5E Lesson Plan Outline
- 2016 National You Be The Chemist Challenge video
- PhET – website with interactive science and math simulations
Other useful resources:*
- Check out some videos we made of our YBTC Activity Guides
- Science Buddies’ manual for Teacher’s Guide to Science Projects
- Educational Innovations is a website that sells science supplies that might not be available locally.
- The American Chemical Society publishes educational resources for every level, including elementary and middle school activity sheets, inquiry-based experiments, demo videos, lesson plans, and more! The ACS Middle School Chemistry teaching guide can be viewed in both English and Spanish.
- STEM Ecosystems is a resource for STEM communities and collaborations nationwide.
- TED-Ed has hundreds of educational videos on all subjects (including a series just for the Periodic Table of Elements!), ways to integrate videos into lessons, and interactive clubs for students.
- The Steve Spangler Science website includes videos of hundreds of science activities you can do at home.
- BioEd Online has lots of resources for science teachers, including lesson plans, activities, teacher guides, presentations, and texts.
- Teachers of Tomorrow published an interesting blog post about how to combat teacher shortages
- Car & Vehicle Science Experiments lists car-themed experiments that illustrate concepts like force, energy, and motion.
Do you have resources to share? Let us know! Email email@example.com and we can add them to this page.
*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 YBTC Challenge. These resources are not comprehensive of what will be included in Challenge questions.