CEF partners with a variety of organizations to bring free, hands-on science resources to students and educators nationwide! While we work with dozens of companies, universities, nonprofit groups, and other organizations, here are just a few highlights:


Philly Science Festival

CEF + Your Company

We have partnered with The Dow Chemical Company and their STEM The Gap initiative extensively. 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 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival,  Dow and CEF staff helped eager students discover the physics behind marshmallow launchers and buoyant bowling balls!

dow CEF would like to thank The Dow Chemical Company for their Diamond Sponsorship of the You Be The Chemist® programs.


Baseball fans at CEF & Clariant collaboration

CEF + Your Community Outreach Program

CEF is partnering with YMCA to brings hands-on science to local Y’s everywhere! In the fall of 2016, we joined YMCA staff and volunteers for a webinar to share some of our favorite YBTC Activity Guide experiments. Now, we continue to share our You Be The Chemist programs with local Y’s nationwide who are looking for a fun way to bring science education to students everywhere. Whether it’s through the YBTC Challenge, or in our YBTC Essential Elements workshops, we are eager to continue working with local Y’s nationwide.

We partner with Clariant Corporation in Charlotte, NC to bring hands-on science to a local baseball game each year! 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. will partner this fall to bring hands-on science activities to students in Washington, DC. CEF is teaming up with Best Kids, Inc. to do some fun science activities during their peer group event aimed at students ages 6-10 in the foster care system and their mentors.

Kids at Kiwanis STEM fair

CEF + Your School

When the Montgomery County, MD Public Schools’ Science, Technology and Engineering department was overhauling their middle school science curriculum, they turned to our Activity Guides! The department announced in 2014 that they will be using lessons from the Activity Guides 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.



Numerous colleges and universities partner with CEF to bring science to their communities through the YBTC Challenge 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