Area students to participate in chemistry contest

Feb. 17, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2014 at 8:17 p.m.

It's like a spelling bee but with a twist that brings chemistry into the classroom and onto the auditorium stage.

On Feb. 25, 36 students from three Victoria area schools will put their chemistry knowledge to the test to see who goes to the state competition as part of the "You Be the Chemist Challenge."

The program was initiated by employees at Dow Chemical's Seadrift Operations site in partnership with The Chemical Education Foundation and encourages students to learn about chemistry in a fun and challenging environment.

Participating fifth through eighth grade students from Seadrift School in Seadrift and Howell Middle School and Cade Middle School in Victoria will show off their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries and chemical safety awareness in an elimination-based competition at Victoria East High School auditorium.

The top four students will advance to the state challenge in Houston in April. The top three students from the state competition will advance to the national competition in Philadelphia, Pa., this summer.

"Dow's Seadrift Operations is providing an exciting environment to learn about science, technology, engineering and math that we hope inspires kids to seek careers in these fields," said Dow spokesperson Gabriella Cone. "I think kids will be surprised about how much chemistry impacts their everyday lives - from the vehicles they ride to school to the makeup and toothpaste they use every day."



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