Brenntag North America, headquartered in Reading, Pa., will serve as a premier sponsor of the National You Be The Chemist Challenge® competition – a question-and-answer academic competition for students in the 5th through 8th grades, focused on chemistry and general science.

The You Be The Chemist Challenge®, created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), aims to engage 5th through 8th grade students in learning important chemistry concepts, scientific theories, and chemical safety awareness. The competition was created in 2004 as a means to spark student interest in the sciences and prepare students for future study and scientific careers. The competition is also an opportunity for members of the chemical industry to interact with and enhance science education opportunities for schools and organizations in their communities.

The 2014 National Challenge will take place on June 23 in Philadelphia at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The event is the culmination of smaller Local and State Challenge events held nationwide throughout the school year. In 2014, nearly 25,000 students nationwide competed for an opportunity to compete at the national level. The top 30 students, one from each participating state as well as the District of Columbia, advance to the national competition. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Challenge program.

Brenntag will serve as a premier sponsor of the National Challenge competition and the National Challenge Celebration Dinner held at The National Constitution Center later that day. The dinner will include an award ceremony for the Challenge participants as well as live science entertainment. The event will also provide participants and educators the opportunity to interact with the business leaders, chemical industry members, chemists, and educators in attendance.

“The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is celebrating ten years of partnering with industry and educators to bring high-quality, hands-on science education to youth nationwide,” stated William A. Fidler, member of the management board of Brenntag AG. He added, “The program sparks student enthusiasm at a critical time and helps to mold a generation of informed citizens and scientists. The Challenge program is an integral part of our outreach efforts at Brenntag North America, because we recognize that today’s students are tomorrow’s innovators and industry leaders.”

Brenntag’s sponsorship allows CEF to invite participants, chaperones, and educators to travel to Philadelphia for the National Challenge and to visit historic sites and museums such as The Academy of Natural Science and The Franklin Institute. Additionally, it allows participants to receive exciting prizes, including Thames & Kosmos CHEMC3000 chemistry kits, gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store, and Challenge T-shirts, bags, and other giveaways. The top four placing participants will receive college scholarships totaling $15,000.

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About the Chemical Educational Foundation®
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) works closely with industry to enhance science education opportunities for our youth. CEF created the You Be The Chemist Challenge® in 2004.

About Brenntag North America
Brenntag North America, Inc., the global market leader in chemical distribution, covers all major markets with its extensive product and service portfolio, operating with 13,000+ employees in more than 480 locations across 70 countries. Brenntag is the link between chemical manufacturers and chemical users, supplying over 10,000 products with a world-class supplier base. For more information about Brenntag’s North American operations, visit

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