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Chief Kanim hosts first state chemistry challenge
Can chemistry be made fun for the middle school students? Participants of the first ever Washington You Be the Chemist Challenge (YBTC) Challenge® believe it can!
On Saturday, April 20, students from 25 schools in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston Counties came to Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City for the first You Be the Chemist Challenge.
YBTC is an interactive academic competition based on national science education standards. Students in grades 5 to 8 learn chemistry concepts through study materials and activity guides, culminating in the competition. Participating students took a written qualifying exam to determine the top 30 students, who went on to the four electronic rounds of 15 multiple-choice questions. Students with the lowest scores were eliminated at the end of each round. The final round, with only two competitors was an oral exam of 20 questions.
Answering all 10 of his final questions correctly, Odle Middle School sixth-grader Eshan Kemp won the state title. His classmate Mehek Dedhia was first runner-up, followed by Rahul Chaliparambil of Chief Kanim Middle School, Veenadhari Kollipara of Jefferson Middle School, and Vishnu Rathnam of Chief Kanim. Kemp won a trip to Philadelphia for the national You Be the Chemist Challenge June 24.
Kirk Dunckel, principal of Chief Kanim, said “This is an exciting event and great opportunity for the kids to learn chemistry, a critical subject that connects physics and biology.”
The Washington YBTC Challenge was sponsored by TRInternational Inc. and Univar. The YBTC Challenge was created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) to make chemistry fun.