CEF partners with businesses and organizations to invest in hands-on chemistry education programs that build the excitement and value of chemistry and STEM careers with K-8 students. Here a few highlights of how CEF brings You Be The Chemist programs to local communities nationwide:

Philly Science Festival

CEF and Businesses

We partner extensively with The Dow Chemical Company and their STEM The Gap initiative. In celebration of Women’s History Month, CEF hosted a Dow-sponsored Essential Elements virtual workshop featuring three Dow chemists. Each scientist shared her experience in the chemical industry and their advice for encouraging young girls to consider a career in the sciences. At the Philadelphia Science Festival, Dow and CEF staff helped eager students discover the physics behind marshmallow launchers and buoyant bowling balls!

dow CEF thanks The Dow Chemical Company for its Diamond Sponsorship of the You Be The Chemist programs.


Baseball fans at CEF & Clariant collaboration

CEF and Community Outreach Programs

CEF partners with YMCA to brings hands-on science to local Y’s everywhere! In Fall 2016, CEF and YMCA collaborated to bring a webinar to local staff and volunteers with You Be The Chemist Activity Guide experiments. We continue to share our programs with local Y’s nationwide who are seek fun ways to bring science education to students everywhere.

We partner with Clariant Corporation in Charlotte, NC to showcase hands-on science at a local baseball game annually! As the science education sponsor for the Charlotte Knights, Clariant wanted to engage young fans in hands-on science. We chose five irresistibly fun science activities – ranging from building marshmallow launchers to finding the sweet spot on a baseball bat – and trained a team of enthusiastic Clariant volunteers to lead them. In the end, hundreds of students had a great time and even learned a thing or two: check out the highlights video for more!

CEF and Best Kids, Inc. partnered to bring hands-on science activities to students in Washington, D.C., for fun science activities during an event for students ages 6-10 in the foster care system, and their mentors.

Kids at Kiwanis STEM fair

CEF and Schools

When the Montgomery County, MD Public Schools’ Science, Technology and Engineering department was overhauling its middle school science curriculum, staff turned to CEF’s Activity Guides! Since 2014 they have been using Activity Guide lessons in the updated curriculum. Montgomery County is the largest school district in Maryland, the 16th largest in the U.S., and serves over 30,000 middle school students in grades 6-8.

CEF partners with colleges and universities to bring science to local communities through the You Be The Chemist Challenge program, including:

  • University of Tampa
  • College of Charleston
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Towson University
  • Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus
  • Penn State Berks Campus
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College