You Be the Chemist 

CPS students compete in annual science competition

March 30, 2011

Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools students gathered last month at Chicago Vocational Career Academy to participate and root on classmates competing in the fifth annual CPS You Be the Chemist (YBTC) Challenge.


The challenge is a nationally acclaimed academic question-and-answer competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation Opens in a new window icon.. You Be the Chemist provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries and chemical safety awareness.


The winner of this year’s CPS event was Alyssa H, a sixth grade student from Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center. She received an iPad and will advance to the Illinois State YBTC Challenge in early spring.


Matthew P, an eighth grader from Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center placed second in the Challenge for the second year in a row. Jarvis B from Claremont Academy Elementary School and Jahari J from Milton Brunson Math and Science Specialty Elementary School placed third and fourth respectively.


Two teachers were also recognized during the event. Amani Abuhabsah from Charles Gates Dawes Elementary School was awarded the Dedication Award, and Libby Robertson from Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center received the Robert Thomas Bobins Award of Excellence.


Since its launch in 2007, CPS has utilized school-based You Be the Chemist clubs to prepare students for the competition. Supported by the CPS Teaching + Learning Science Team Opens in a new window icon., the program has grown to nearly 50 school-based clubs in just four years, making the CPS YBTC program a national model for large-scale implementation of middle school chemistry clubs.


For further information about the You Be the Chemist program or to learn more about Science Enrichment Activities, feel free to contact Jean Westrick.


Learn more about Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center


Learn more about Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center