Fifth Graders Participate in ‘You Be The Chemist’ Challenge

Fifth Graders Participate in ‘You Be The Chemist’ Challenge
Posted on 02/21/2018
This school year, all Riverview Elementary fifth graders are participating in the “You Be The Chemist” Challenge, an interactive academic contest organized by the Chemical Educational Foundation, which encourages fifth through eighth grade students across the country to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. 

The program kicked off in December when volunteers from local You Be The Chemist sponsor, BASF Corporation, came to lead all fifth grade students in an “Elephant Toothpaste” experiment (see images below). Students have since been studying science concepts and performing experiments in preparation for the Challenge Qualifier, a multiple choice test, they took in late January.

The top nine scorers on the Challenge Qualifier who will advance to compete individually in the You Be The Chemist Local Challenge are: Nirmal Balamurugan, Trey Campbell, Ryder Causey, Luke Mantel, Kelsi McCulley, Lily Sinclair, Harrison Turner, Daniel Volynets, and Zachary Webster.

The Local Challenge, a quiz-bowl like competition, will be held at the Fort Mill School District office on Saturday, March 10, and will include approximately 30 competitors from area York County elementary and middle schools. It consists of several elimination rounds of multiple choice questions covering chemistry and general science concepts that students will answer using electronic response devices. The students scoring the highest after all rounds will move on to the State 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 fifth grade students and their teachers benefit throughout the school year by being able to utilize an entire science curriculum including lesson plans, activities, and experiments.

“The You Be the Chemist program provides our team of teachers with numerous lessons that can be used in the classroom.  We made silly putty, learned about acids and bases in the Ageless Apples lesson, and put chromatography in action by separating the dye colors used in markers.  These hands-on lessons put chemistry in action, and our students love every minute of it!” said Heather Morris, fifth grade teacher.

Local Challenge Participants are Front Row: Ryder Causey, Harrison Turner
Back Row: Luke Mantel, Daniel Volynets, Zachary Webster, Kelsi McCulley, Lily Sinclair, Trey Campbell, Nirmal Balamurugan


You Be The Chemist Local Challenge Participants
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