SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Scarsdale Middle School eighth-grade student Quin Burke competed against 14 other fifth- to eighth-grade students to win the New York state "You Be The Chemist Challenge" on April 25 at the BASF facility in Tarrytown, New York.
He will represent New York at the 11th annual National You Be The Chemist Challenge in Philadelphia June 22.
Developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), the Challenge is a question and answer competition that allows students to test their knowledge of chemistry concepts and real-world applications as the students compete to represent their state on a national level.
“As the world’s largest chemical company, BASF understands the importance of engaging students in science education at an early age,” said Robin Rotenberg, vice president of communications for BASF in North America. “Our strength as a company lies in our ability to find innovative solutions to meet the needs of the future. It is essential that we support and develop the best scientific and technical talents.”
At the national competition on June 22, the top four finalists will receive scholarships totaling $18,500.
“Competing in the Challenge can spark a lifelong interest in chemistry and other scientific fields, even before a student reaches high school,” said CEF Executive Director John Rice. “The competition shows students the immediate relevance of the science concepts they are studying. Challenge participants learn about the role of chemistry in the human body, in energy production, in creating new types of recyclable materials and a variety of other applications, which is a wonderful introduction to the vast array of scientific careers available to them in the future.”
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) works closely with industry to enhance science education opportunities for youth. CEF founded the You Be The Chemist Challenge in 2004.
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