You Be The Chemist Challenge

America's largest youth chemistry Challenge

Qualifier Round Time:Dec. 16, 2023 (Saturday) 14:00-14:40

1 year
American historic
You be the Chemist
60,000 contestants participate
each year globally
1 player
4 players per team
Group participation
Round 1
Qualifier Round, Final Round
Chemical knowledge requires a
zero-based science competition
From fifth grade to
eighth grade
Provide Chinese papers
Easy for Chinese students to participate
Academic Materials
Provide all Chinese version
Academic materials preparation before the game

Sponsor Introduction

Founded in 1989, Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) is the most influential and authoritative academic chemistry education institution in the United States. Its mission is to inspire students to become future thinkers, inventors and scientists to create a better world through chemical science. CEF has a slightly different concept of science education than other academic institutions that value high school and university science education. CEF pays more attention to the science education of young people in the young age. Therefore, CEF has set up the “You Be the Chemist Program”, which focuses on the scientific and chemical enlightenment of students who have not received chemistry teaching in elementary and junior high schools, and stimulates students' interest in chemistry learning and scientific exploration as soon as possible. At present, CEF has become a pioneer in American youth chemistry education, and most American teenagers interested in science and chemistry will participate in the “YBTC Program”. The "You Be the Chemist Challenge" is an important academic content of the "YBTC Program."

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You Be the Chemist Challenge (YBTC) is aimed at students who have not systematically studied chemistry from grades 5 to 8. Therefore, the purpose of YBTC is to enlighten and inspire students' interest and confidence in chemistry learning and scientific exploration, and to inspire them to become future scientists. Every year, more than 60,000 students from 41 states in the United States participate in YBTC. YBTC has become one of the largest youth science activities in the United States. It is also a scientific activity that most American science students love to participate in in their lower grades. Global website:

The biggest feature of the International YBTC Challenge is for elementary school junior high school students who do not have a chemistry learning foundation, so they will provide detailed academic preparation materials (Chinese version is available in China). YBTC does not emphasize the mastery of chemistry knowledge, but also pays more attention to the interest and ability of scientific exploration. Participants will participate in a team of 4 people from the Qualifier Round and Final Round, through a multi-choice written test, on-site knowledge contest and chemical experiment research and other aspects, to experience a variety of scientific learning forms.


Based on the 21st century core competence requirements, YBTC focuses on training:

Teamwork and leadership

Autonomous learning ability

Problem solving ability

Critical thinking and innovative ability

Presentation ability

Promotion system

Qualifier Round
Qualifier Round
  • Time: Dec. 16, 2023 (Saturday) 14:00-14:40 (40 minutes)
  • Location: Paper-based in partnering school
  • Players: · Primary School Group - Grades 5 and 6 · Junior High School Group - Grade 7 and 8
  • Team: 4 players, cross-grade team is acceptable
  • Form: written test, multiple choice questions, Chinese and English test papers, 1 point for each question (answers are not deducted)
  • Remarks: This year's preparation materials for this year (Chinese version) will be provided.
  • Deadline:Dec. 5, 2023
  • Perfect Score Award: Individuals who get full marks
  • Prize Award: Teams with full marks
  • Distinction Award: Top 30% of the national team
  • Qualifier Award: Top 20% of the regional team
* Note: Primary School Group and Junior High School Group are awarded separately. Participation certificates will be issued in the form of e-Certs. Teams that have won the Perfect Score Award, Prize Award, Distinction Award, and Qualifier Award are eligible to be invited to the Final Round.
Final Round
Final Round
      • Date:May 2nd-4th, 2024 
      • Deadline: Apr. 17th, 2024
      • Location: Shanghai,China
      • Qualifications: Qualifier winners.Team participation. Team members cannot be replaced. If one person cannot participate in the remaining teams, they can continue to participate. If the two players are unable to participate in the organizing committee, they will adjust and merge.
      • Language: Chinese and English
    • 1. YBTC Quiz Bee:It's a team showdown! Teams will compete for glory, answering questions, with total scores calculated based on accuracy and speed. Get ready to dive into the thrill of quick thinking and independent exploration .
    • 2. Science Bazaar:Unleash your creativity! Each team crafts a mind-blowing "Chemistry-themed Microfilm" based on the yearly theme. Showcase your masterpiece and share insights during the Science Bazaar, where inspiration flows like a river!
    • 3. Crazy Elements Show:Brace yourself for a spectacular display of chemistry's wild side! Elements dance, colors explode, and liquids transform in an instant. Immerse yourself in the mad world of elements – a show you won't forget!
    • 4. Scientist's Theater:Following the step of the Chinese scientists as they unveil the mysteries of science in a unique and captivating way. Get ready for an enthralling journey through time and space!
    • 5. Treasure Hunt:The cosmic king has scattered gems across every corner, and it's your mission to find them! Navigate through different science challenges set by guardians, testing not just your wisdom but also your teamwork.
    • 6. Chemical Artist:Immerse yourself in a creative odyssey where chemistry meets art! Use clever techniques to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Unveil the surprises as each fabric unfolds – an adventure in every stroke!
    • 7. Science Holmes:How much do you really know about the vast world of science? This is a personal challenge where answers unfold based on clues. Prepare for an adrenaline-pumping adventure that will expand your scientific horizon!
    Academic guidance
    • The CEF Organizing Committee will provide a series of videos and related study materials on how to make micro-movies and how to discover chemistry in daily life.
    • Each team can look for advisor who is responsible for answering the difficulties students have encountered during the experiment. If the team receives an award, the advisor will also receive the Outstanding Advisor Award.
    • The advisor is only responsible for answering questions and is not responsible for helping students design experiments.
    Schedule(for reference only)
    • Team Awards: Top Gold in Quiz Bee: Top 3 Teams Top Gold in Video: Top 3 Teams Top Gold: Top 3 Teams Gold: Top 10% Teams Silver: Top 25% teams Bronze: Top 35% teams YBTC Award: Top 50% teams Treasure Hunt: Top 3 Teams Chemical Artists : Top 3 Teams
    • Individual Awards: Science Holmes: Top 3 Certificate of Participation

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