Fifth Graders to Compete at Local Science Challenge

Fifth Graders to Compete at Local Science Challenge
Posted on 02/21/2017
YBTC Local QualifiersFour Riverview Elementary fifth graders have qualified to advance to the “You Be the Chemist” Local Challenge. (See related: Fifth Graders Participate in "You Be The Chemist" Challenge)

Since October, fifth grade students at Riverview have been studying science concepts and performing experiments in preparation for the Challenge Qualifier, a multiple choice test, they took in late January.

Noah Burch, Mia Davis, Grace Morris, and Mason Roszak, all students in Vaughan Christenbury’s fifth grade science class, were the top four scorers on the Challenge Qualifier at Riverview, and will all move on to compete individually in the York County Local You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge against other 5th-8th grade qualifiers from the York County area.  

The YBTC Challenge, a quiz-bowl like competition, will be held at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC on March 18. It consists of several elimination rounds of multiple choice questions that students will answer using electronic response devices. Questions are based on an overall understanding of chemistry and general science concepts. The student who scores the highest after all rounds will move on to the South Carolina State YBTC Challenge in Columbia, SC in April. 

The top state scorer will advance to the National Challenge to be held in Washington DC in June.

By participating in the You Be the Chemist Challenge, all students and their teachers benefited by being able to utilize an entire science curriculum including lesson plans, activities, and experiments for free throughout the school year. 

“We’ve done multiple experiments like making silly putty with borax, glue, and water; and other experiments like testing acids and bases, using dish soap to lower surface tension of water, and testing butter buoyancy.” said Mason Roszak. Noah Burch added, “I liked the experiment we did to see which liquid made apples stay freshest. We put apples in different liquids like water, baking soda and water, and lemon juice and checked every day for a week to see which one worked the best.”

“I’ve enjoyed doing the hands on experiments because I feel I got to learn more through the activities,” said Grace Morris. But now, everything these students have learned this year will be put to the test in the Local YBTC Challenge. “I’m nervous about the competition. For me it’s much easier when the questions are written out on paper,” admitted Mia Davis.

Pictured below are the Local Qualifiers: Noah Burch, Mia Davis, Grace Morris, and Mason Roszak

YBTC Local Qualifiers
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