A team comprised of four BASIS Independent Brooklyn 7th grade students -- Olivia M., Polly S., Sabrina M., and Sahana C.-- was just named the New York team winner in the You Be The Chemist Challenge. The Challenge is a competition hosted by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) in which teams of 5th-8th grade students explore chemistry concepts and the role of those concepts in their community.

The competition was held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Teams participated in a virtual eventYou-be-the-Chemist-Logos-1 where they answered timed questions and submitted a video on sustainability, scientific phenomena, and ways that problems faced by people in their community can be solved using their knowledge of chemistry and science. Ten thousand students from 266 schools competed in the challenge this year. 

“Congratulations to our NY State Winner Team of Olivia M., Polly S., Sabrina M., and Sahana C. fromYou Be the Chemist 2 resize-1 grade 7,” said the Chemistry Subject Expert Teacher Ms. Ma. “I couldn’t be more proud of our 16 young chemists who participated in the You Be The Chemist Challenge! During the three-month preparation, you advanced your chemistry learning through self-paced reading, independent research, and collaborative video-making. I hope you will carry your curiosity and passion for science into the future!”

You can watch the winning entry on sustainability below:


BASIS Independent Brooklyn was not the only BASIS Curriculum school to be honored in the competition. Students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley were awarded the California title and BASIS Scottsdale chemists took home the Arizona title.

"The BASIS Curriculum prepared our students amazingly well for this competition," said Ms. Ma. "Since 6th grade, students have been challenged to learn many advanced chemistry topics such as balancing equations and electron configurations. They regularly practice scientific skills to analyze everyday science problems."

The Chemical Education Foundation is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to building the excitement and value of chemistry and STEM-related careers with K-8 students through accessible science programs. Its You Be The Chemist programs are designed to inspire students, engage educators, and strengthen communities to build a better world through the science of chemistry. For more information on the Challenge and other You Be The Chemist programs, please visit www.chemed.org. 

Congratulations to Ms. Ma and our BEARS!!!

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