Fifth Graders Participate in "You Be The Chemist" Challenge

Fifth Graders Participate in "You Be The Chemist" Challenge
Posted on 10/20/2016
Students in Heather Morris and Vaughan Christenbury's 5th grade classes at Riverview Elementary are participating in a national academic science challenge called "You Be the Chemist" this school year. The challenge is organized by The Chemical Educational Foundation, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to enhancing science education, and co-sponsored locally by BASF Corporation, a chemical company with a business office and laboratories in Charlotte, NC.

"The You Be the Chemist challenge is a fun way for kids to learn about chemistry and science. BASF has been involved with the Challenge for the last 10 years, and we're very excited to have Riverview Elementary participate in this great program." said David Roszak, BASF program volunteer.

The Challenge is a national academic competition, similar to a quiz bowl, which encourages grade 5–8 students to explore important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety. Students at Riverview will have the opportunity to advance through the local competition to the state competition in Columbia, and finally to the national competition next June where prizes include scholarships.

The Challenge kicked off this week when five volunteers from BASF Corporation brought an "Elephant Toothpaste" experiment to Riverview. The students enjoyed participating in the experiment while learning about chemical reactions and catalysts.

“The chemists went in depth explaining how the chemicals worked. The experiment was very exciting, and I learned a lot. I am looking forward to taking part in the You Be the Chemist Challenge, and I can’t wait to learn lots of new things.” said Grace Morris, student in Mr. Christenbury's class.

Over the next few months, the students will study science materials, participate in more experiments, and take the Challenge Qualifier, a multiple choice test, to see if they qualify for the local challenge to be held in March.

"I love the fact that the students are so excited about learning! This program is making teaching science so fun and engaging for not only the students but for the educator as well. With these hands-on activities I am hoping our life-long learners will appreciate and understand the benefits of science in their daily lives now and into adulthood." said Vaughan Christenbury, teacher.

Riverview would like to thank BASF volunteers for visiting our school and bringing the You Be the Chemist challenge to us!  

Pictured below are Science and Social Studies Coach Sydney Field, teacher Heather Morris, BASF Volunteers David Hayes, David Roszak, Stephanie Carouthers, Robert Roddy, Itali Frasier, and teacher Vaughan Christenbury.

BASF Volunteers

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