Reading, Pennsylvania — On March 19, 2016, 30 students from the Bergen County area demonstrated their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness at the local level of a national chemistry competition of the You Be The Chemist Challenge® (Challenge) – an academic question-and-answer competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF). The Challenge competition aims to engage grade 5-8 students in chemistry through a dynamic event that partners industry members with schools and organizations in the communities in which they operate.
The local-level portion of the Challenge was once again sponsored by leading chemical distributor Brenntag Specialties, Inc. and was held at Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ. Students from Fort Lee, New Milford, Ridgewood and Franklin Lakes participated.
The eight finalists are: from David E. Owens Middle School, Jack Lee; from Louis F. Cole Middle School, Atharva Gulvadi, Brian Lee, Camellia Guan, Derek Zhang, Jerry Wang, Raphael Lee; and from Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Michael Yin. These students will advance to the New Jersey State Challenge to be held on April 16, 2016, in Florham Park, NJ. The winner of the state competition will move on to compete in the National Challenge held on June 20, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA. There, they will compete with state winners from across the country.
At the national competition, each participant will receive fun prizes, such as T-shirts, lab coats and gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store. The first through fourth-place winners will also receive scholarships for future educational use. In addition to the Challenge and prizes, each participant and a chaperone will be treated to various activities in historic Philadelphia, such as a visit to The Franklin Institute and a celebratory dinner at the National Constitution Center. For more information about the competition, please visit CEF’s website at www.chemed.org.