On November 1, we embarked on a month-long campaign to generate $100,000 in individual donations to support future YBTC Scholars. If you’ve made a donation, thank you. If you have yet to contribute, we invite you to support future STEM leaders with a tax-deductible 2017 individual donation here.
Meet Caroline Weathers, South Carolina Science Teacher
Caroline Weathers is a seventh-grade science teacher in South Carolina. Her middle school has only three hundred students, about ninety percent of them qualify for free and reduced-cost lunch, and they have participated in the You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge® programs for the past three years.
“You Be The Chemist is, for me, an academic tradition that I can count on at my school. It does not matter what size your school is. It doesn’t matter how much money you have as a student or as a school. Everybody gets to show up to this chemistry party no matter where you go to school. …[At the school and regional levels nationwide] You Be The Chemist lives as a great equalizer for our schools. It encourages interactions between smart people from diverse backgrounds. It allows students to share their extensive understanding of chemistry with others. And most importantly, it teaches all of us that learning doesn’t need to be attached to grades, it just needs to be fun.”
At the 2017 National YBTC Challenge, Caroline shared what the YBTC programs mean for her school: