10-year old Daniel Liu wins national “You BeChemist” competition

10-year old Daniel Liu wins national “You Be the Chemist” competition

7:51 PM, 4th July 2015
10-year old Daniel Liu wins national “You Be the Chemist” competition
10-year old Daniel Liu became the youngest student to ever win the “You Be The Chemist” competition. He received a $10,000 check for his victory.

OTTAWA HILLS, US: Ottawa Hills student Daniel Liu captured the National “You Be the Chemist” competition on 22 June at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia. A ten-year-old seventh grader at Ottawa Hills Junior High this past school year, Daniel became the youngest student to ever win the competition, which is open to students in the fifth through eighth grade.

The You Be the Chemist Challenge, created by the Chemical Education Foundation, is a quiz-bowl-style academic competition that aims to engage middle school students in learning important chemistry concepts and their real-world application. The competition was created in 2004 as a means to spark student interest in the sciences and prepare students for future study and scientific careers.

Daniel won our school’s “You Be the Chemist” competition, organized by science teacher Nicole Silvers and then went on to capture the Ohio title in April. Daniel said he prepared for states “by studying the information from current and past coaching manuals and studying my honours Chemistry textbook as extra ‘push’.”

Nearly 40,000 students participated in the local and state levels of the Challenge program during the 2014-2015 school year. The top 36 students, one from each of the participating states and territories, qualified to compete in the national competition and received an expenses-paid trip to Philadelphia.

The 2015 National Challenge participants battled through eleven thrilling rounds of chemistry questions before Daniel was crowned national champion. Aum Upadhyay, an eight-grader representing Washington; Raghav Ramanujam, a sixth-grader representing California; and Rafay Ashary, an eighth-grader representing Texas placed second, third, and fourth, respectively. The top four placing students received academic scholarships totaling $18,500 and TI-84 graphing calculators. Daniel received a $10,000 check for his victory.

Over the course of the three-day event, participants visited the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, spent a day at The Franklin Institute, and were celebrated at a reception and dinner held at the National Constitution Center, where students had the opportunity to interact with business leaders, chemists, and science educators.

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