Reading, PA — On March 12, 2016, 40 students from the Delaware and Chester 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, held at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA, was sponsored by leading chemical distributor Brenntag North America, Inc. and Arkema Inc. Students from Devon Preparatory School, Garnet Valley Middle School, Glenwood Elementary School, Great Valley Middle School, Phoenixville Middle School, Radnor Middle School and Springton Lake Middle School participated, totaling 40 of students.
The top four students from the Delaware/Chester County Local Challenge are: First Place – Tony Pan – Springton Lake Middle School; Second Place – Luke Choi – Radnor Middle School; Third Place – Sean Seibel – Radnor Middle School; Fourth Place – Bhavari Misra – Great Valley Middle School and Alternate – Yu Pan – Springton Lake Middle School. These four students will advance to the Pennsylvania State Challenge on April 23, 2016, held at Penn State University, Main Campus, 201 Old Main, University Park, PA. 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 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.