You be the Chemist Challenge

  • 2021 You be the Chemist Challenge
    Date: TBD


    This event proceeding as planned is dependent on state and district guidelines regarding school closure due to COVID-19.  Please check this website often for the most up-to-date information, or contact the event coordinator listed on this page.


    You be the Chemist Challenge competition for grades 5-8 that celebrates chemistry and elevates STEM careers. For more information, visit:

    Chemical Education Foundation website at

    Alaska Website - You Be the Chemist Challenge at


    School Level
    Each student takes a multiple-choice Challenge Qualifier test in their classroom, and the team members' answers are averaged to determine the team's score.


    Regional Level
    Brenntag Pacific, Inc. sponsors the FNSB competition. Qualifying teams compete and collaboratively answer timed, short-answer questions. The winning team moves on to the national level.


    National Level
    Qualifying teams create a video exploring the role of chemistry in their community. These videos are evaluated by a panel of judges, and the top video from each state is recognized on the Chemical Education Foundation website. The top 10 teams attend the national showcase in Houston, Texas.