Think back to when you were a kid. Which would make you more interested in chemistry? Memorizing the Periodic Table, building a baking soda volcano, or creating elephant’s toothpaste?
The Chemical Educational Foundation’s (CEF) You Be The Chemist!® (YBTC) program enhances K-8 science education by introducing the science of chemistry as it relates to our everyday lives and the study of other sciences.
YBTC has three parts.
- YBTC Essential Elements assists K-8 educators in teaching chemistry concepts through hands-on learning and connecting those concepts to students’ everyday lives. Contact the CEF staff to learn more about the 5E learning cycle format and how to bring an Essential Elements workshop to your school.
- The YBTC Activity Guides: Lesson Plans for Making Chemistry Fun offer a variety of exciting science lesson plans, enabling educators to bring hands-on learning to students, inside and outside of the classroom. The Activity Guides are divided according to grade level and contain educator-reviewed lesson plans, activity sheets, and a resource guide filled with safety information, tips for non-chemistry teachers, and much more.View a sample lesson plan.
- The YBTC Challenge is a fun and educational competition that brings grade 5-8 students, educators, parents, industry, and other members of the community together to shine the spotlight on the science of chemistry.The Challenge, which follows a question and answer format similar to a spelling bee, is organized on local, state, and national levels. State championships are held in states with more than one local competition. State champions from across the country compete for the national title.
The 2016 You Be The Chemist California State Challenge was hosted by Coast Southwest at the Discovery Cube Orange County on April 16. Finalists from the local California challenges participated.
The winners of that challenge will participate in the 2016 National YBTC Challenge on June 20 in Philadelphia, PA.
Some useful links for teachers, parents, and kids:
Educators and parents, learn more about the You Be The Chemist!® National Program.
The Chemical Education Foundation’s YBTC program enhances K-8 science education by introducing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives. Read more >
The 2016 You Be The Chemist® California State Challenge – April 16, 2016.
On this exciting day, the winners of California Local Challenges will meet at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana to compete for a trip to the national You Be The Chemist!® Challenge to be held on June 20th in Philadelphia. To learn how your school or organization can participate, click here >
Read about Other Kids in YBTC.
The 2015 competition brought together hundreds of students, chemical industry representatives, family members, and educators in a celebration of chemistry.
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