The YMCA Invites You to Attend the 'You Be the Chemist' State Challenge

March 30, 2017

The top 30 students who participated in the YMCA’s You Be the Chemist Challenge will compete head-to-head in the Statewide Challenge for the opportunity to represent Utah in the program’s National Challenge this summer.

Three hundred Ogden students in grades 5 to 8 tried out for this year’s Challenge, sponsored by Tesoro Foundation and the Bruce and Tammy Schechinger Trust. This is the second year the YMCA of Northern Utah has hosted the State Challenge.

You Be the Chemist is an initiative by the Chemical Educational Foundation to create opportunities for students to engage kids in science and test their knowledge of chemistry. Competitions operate in a quiz bowl format with several rounds of multiple choice questions. Questions are displayed to both the participants and audience on a screen, then students use electronic response devices to show their answers.

The You Be the Chemist Statewide Challenge takes place on Saturday, April 15, at Ben Lomond High School, located at 1080 9th Street in Ogden as part of the STEM Family Fair. The STEM Family Fair begins at 1 p.m. The You Be the Chemist State Challenge begins at 2 p.m.

For more information on the YMCA’s You Be the Chemist Challenge, visit

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