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2011 year in review

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don’t think it is news to anyone that science education in the United States is of a national concern. In far too many cases, we lack the resources to interest students, inspire educators, or focus our educational system to emphasize the importance of science in the classroom. At the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) we work with educators and students, the general public and members of the chemical industry to reverse these hurdles through implementation of the project-based learning activities of our You Be The Chemist programs.

In doing so, CEF and chemical companies introduce educators and students to the relevance and benefits of science to their everyday lives. This, in turn, builds a growing interest in the subject one student, one educator, and one community at a time. Momentum then grows; increasing student, educator, and industry interest in additional communities. Our goal is to have this pattern repeat in every community across the US until we generate a widespread growth in the appreciation and understanding of science education and create a premiere position for the US science education system among the world’s leading economies! This approach creates a more understanding general public, a better prepared workforce, informed voters, a vigorous economy, greater innovation, and scientific breakthroughs. In other words – it creates a better future for all of us! We’ve created this Year In Review to demonstrate that our approach is working! The following pages highlight just some of the programmatic and communication successes of the organization in 2011. It also shows without doubt that together, we can improve science education! I encourage you to take the time to review the information that is included in this report. Let us know if something sparks your interest or if you would like to get one of our programs going in your community or further grow an existing program. The CEF staff is here to help you in your science education outreach endeavors! We look forward to working with you in 2012 and beyond. Sincerely,

John Rice Executive Director


2011 year in review


CeF & the 2011 international year oF ChemiStry


he international science community celebrated 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC)! The initiative was created in partnership between the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). With the theme “Chemistry – our life, our future” the goals behind the IYC included: • Increasing public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs • Encouraging interest in chemistry among young people • Generating enthusiasm for the future of chemistry

Over the course of the year, worldwide celebrations marked the significant achievements in chemistry and its contributions to the advancement of society. The year started with a January kick-off party in Paris; followed by a year full of events, activities, exhibits, lectures, and hands-on experiments of all sizes and nature highlighting the importance of science. CEF joined in the fun with major partnerships and events. Including: • National Challenge & IYC Celebration Dinner • Partnerships • Launch of Newton & Kelvin’s Lab on the CEF website (see page 16 for details!)

national Challenge & iyC CeleBration Dinner A revamped National You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge event was held on June 19-21, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. The exciting three-day gathering included a new event structure and the addition of a notable International Year of Chemistry dinner event the night of the competition! The Franklin Institute provided the background of the reception and dinner event that brought together hundreds of industry leaders and their guests at the event which celebrated science, honored the outstanding efforts of 2011 Challenge participants, and provided a platform for industry/community interaction. More details are included in the National Challenge section on page 12!

Over 200 industry members, educators, students, and family members joined in a celebration of science at the first ever IYC & Challenge Celebration Dinner!

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Dinner highlights included an interactive chemistry show presented by Joe Talento of The Franklin Institute.


PartnerShiPS Partnering with industry organizations is an overriding theme of CEF’s activities. In honor of IYC, CEF increased it’s activities with organizations. and chemical distributor and manufacturing companies to promote the study of science and its benefits in everyday use. Many of these partnerships are highlighted throughout the pages of this document! CEF depends on the commitment of regional, national, and global corporations to help us improve science education and create lasting community partnerships across the country. In return, partnering with CEF provides companies a way to invest in their communities while advancing science education!

education opportunities by becoming a Diamond Sponsor of CEF’s YBTC programs. The partnership between CEF and Dow:

In 2011, CEF entered into its largest partnership to date with The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) pledging a three-year commitment in support of the You Be The Chemist (YBTC) educational series which includes the Activity Guides, Challenge, and Essential Elements professional development program. These interactive, communitybased programs for students in grades K8 are in use by hundreds of chemical companies, educational entities, and community organizations across the country. These groups work together to encourage the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and augment the related resources available to educators and students. The chemical industry and the many volunteers that give of their time and effort in support of the YBTC programs, recognize that this group collaboration is vital to bettering the state of science education in the United States, the future of the industry, and society as a whole. Dow is taking a leading role in facilitating these industry partnerships and increasing available science

• Further allows CEF to integrate all of the YBTC programs by linking the information covered in the Challenge study materials, the lessons in the Activity Guides, and the content of the Essential Elements professional development program. This integration provides valuable science education resources that may be implemented within a community on multiple levels – as a cohesive unit or individual components. • Focuses on implementing CEF’s YBTC programs nationwide with focus in the areas where Dow sites currently operate. This includes the states of California, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. • Actively encourages Dow employees to utilize and grow the YBTC programs in the areas where they live and work. There is much excitement about the opportunities that this partnership will bring to the YBTC programs and to millions of students across the nation. CEF thanks Dow for their commitment to excellence in science education and encourages other companies to join in the efforts.

Together, we create the future.



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integration oF the You Be The ChemisT SerieS


ow can all three of CEF’s You Be The Chemist (YBTC) programs work together in your community? In 2011, a major part of CEF’s programmatic activities involved highlighting ways in which the content used in the YBTC programs may best be implemented in the community. This integration process includes connecting the information covered in the Challenge study materials, the lessons in the Activity Guides, and the content of the Essential Elements professional development program. As a result, theYBTC programs provide valuable science education resources that may be implemented within a community on multiple levels – as a cohesive unit or as individual components. When provided as a cohesive unit – the Essential Elements professional development workshops are constructed around the Activity Guide lessons. The educators then take the Activity Guides back to their classrooms to engage their students in science education. For those teachers who teach grades 5-8, use of the Activity Guides works to prep students for participation in the Challenge. In addition, the Challenge study materials offer educators and their students a comprehensive source of basic chemistry information to further explain concepts addressed in the Activity Guide lessons (at all grade levels). Alternately, schools may opt to just participate in only one YBTC program. For example, a school may participate in the Challenge only, or solely use the Activity Guides within the classroom. The integration of the YBTC programs allows CEF to offer an unparalleled resource for enhancing K-8 science education, specifically chemistry education!

CeF StaFF titleS & e-mail aDDreSSeS John Rice Executive Director

Suzette Bucher Coordinator, Programs & Outreach

Laurel Brent Manager, Marketing & Communications

Alyssa King Assistant, Programs & Outreach

Corianne Pafford Manager, Programs & Outreach

Brian Taylor Assistant, Marketing & Communications

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CEF staff (from left) Suzette Bucher, Corianne Pafford, and Laurel Brent prepare for the 2011Vanguard Award Ceremony & Dinner.


You Be The ChemisT eSSential elementS overview


In response to the widespread popularity of the You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Activity Guides, CEF created YBTC Essential Elements. This interactive program utilizes the Activity Guides to provide a professional development channel for educators – our “essential elements” in education. These workshops introduce educators to teaching techniques that better facilitate student learning and connect important chemistry concepts to everyday life.

CEF will launch the Essential Elements workshops during the 20112012 academic year in various pilot communities. In January 2012, CEF will partner with The Franklin Institute (TFI) in Philadelphia, PA, and industry sponsor The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) headquartered in Midland, MI, to conduct an Essential Elements workshop at TFI. Participants will include educators from around the Philadelphia area, and the workshop will be led by Susan Holmes, TFI’s Senior Museum Educator/Teacher Professional Development. CEF hopes to replicate the partnerships developed between CEF, TFI, and Dow with other organizations and in other areas across the country, starting with (but not limited to) areas where CEF’s other programs are already active! In addition to the pilot workshops, CEF is also exploring the potential to incorporate Essential Elements into the National Challenge event (see Challenge on page 12). Each year, the Gold Sponsors of the National Challenge provide for an educator from each participating Challenge state to attend the national competition and cheer on their state representatives. In 2012, CEF plans to invite all educator attendees to stay an extra day in Philadelphia to participate in the workshop, courtesy of the event sponsors.

Over the past year, CEF has worked with itsYBTC Development Committee (see Committee list on page 20) to format the workshops according to the 5E constructionist learning model. Widely used among educator groups, this method facilitates inquiry-based learning. Each E in the 5E model describes a phase of learning: engage, explore, explain, elaborate (extend), and evaluate. The 5E model allows students and teachers to experience common activities and to build on previous knowledge and experience while constructing meaning into the lesson and continually assessing their understanding of a concept.

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CEF is expanding and updating the content of our current Activity Guides. (See Activity Guides on page 7). The new version will be launched in late spring of 2012. At that time, CEF will update the educator and instructor Essential Elements workbooks to reflect any content changes.

Essential Elements, like allYBTC programs, encourages the collaboration of various community members. In general, each workshop requires an instructor to facilitate the session, educators who want to expand their repertoire of teaching techniques, and a sponsor to provide workshop materials.

In the coming months, CEF hopes to increase the number of workshop instructors. Instructors are usually volunteers who enjoy science, have an educational or science industry background, and enjoy working with people and volunteering in the community. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please let CEF know!

CEF provides instructors and participants of Essential Elements workshops with workbooks that guide them in using the 5E model to conduct one of five focal lessons from CEF’s Activity Guides. The instructor leads participants in applying each phase of the learning cycle and facilitates discussions by asking questions of the group and providing examples and modifications. Afterwards, the group conducts other experiments (as time permits) from the Activity Guides in short form as participants discuss the techniques they have just learned and ways to utilize the 5E model for those lessons.

In late 2012, CEF will begin the process of producing a series of video demonstrations serving as an informal professional development instruction. These videos will walk educators through the Activity Guide lesson plans used in the Essential Elements program, as well as provide instructors and participants with a visual guide for conducting experiments, discussing concepts, and engaging students.

ultimate goal of Essential Elements is to expose educators to the 5E teaching model and assist them in “ The implementing the process in their classroom. This inquiry-based approach lends itself to making a broader impact on student learning and them responding with a greater interest and appreciation in the science, as well as improved understanding.” Brenda Nixon, Co-Director, Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering, and Mathematical Literacy, Louisiana State University


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You Be The ChemisT aCtivity guiDeS: leSSon PlanS For making ChemiStry Fun overview The You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Activity Guides offer a variety of exciting science lesson plans, enabling educators to bring hands-on learning to students, inside and outside of the classroom. The Activity Guides are divided by grade level, one for grades K-4, the other for grades 5-8. Each Activity Guide booklet contains approximately 30 educator-reviewed lesson plans, activity sheets, and a resource guide filled with safety information, tips for non-chemistry teachers, and much more!

DiStriBution & imPlementation In 2011, companies and organizations from across the country distributed CEF’s Activity Guides in their communities. Chemical industry companies, such as The Dow Chemical Company, ICL Performance Products LP, Brenntag North America, Inc., and Producers Chemical Company all contributed to enhancing science education in their communities through the Activity Guides. Educational entities distributing the Activity Guides included the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Toledo Public Schools, the Louisiana Department of Education, the University of Oklahoma, and homeschooling parents. Through these distribution channels, CEF estimates that over 27,000 new students are exploring the exciting world of science through CEF’s Activity Guides – just this year!

aCtivity guiDeS in aCtion: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference One hundred attendees of the NSTA area conference in New Orleans, LA, received copies of the Activity Guides to take back to their schools. The November conference was themed Science: Eye on the Future and provided Southeastern Louisiana science educators with seminars on science teaching best practices, dynamic conversations about the future of science, and STEM education workshops. The Activity Guides were distributed during a conference award ceremony. Penn State University (Abington Campus) Summer Camps For the second year in a row, Penn State University’s Abington Campus heldYBTC summer camps for area students. Each weeklong camp, one for grades K-4 and one for grades 5-8, utilized experiments from the Activity Guides to introduce students to scientific methodology and to explore such topics as chemical reactions, polymers, thermal conductivity, solubility, and more! Oklahoma Women in Science Conference The Activity Guides were featured as the cornerstone piece of educator goody bags handed out at the Oklahoma Women in Science Conference in October. The free, one-day conference allowed grade 6-12 students to engage in hands-on science activities; learn firsthand about science and technology career opportunities from Oklahoma’s top female scientists and engineers; and receive college preparation information from college, university and outreach representatives in Oklahoma.

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Employees of Brenntag North America, Inc. introduced Pennsylvania students to the You Be The Chemist programs at a local educational fair.

Student attendees of the Philadelphia Science Carnival Festival used the Activity Guide experimentWackyWaxy Watercolors to learn about properties of matter!

CEF staff and volunteers display You Be The Chemist materials at educator and industry conferences across the country!


Bethlehem (PA) Educational Convention In October, Brenntag North America, Inc. participated in an educational convention held at Bethlehem Catholic High School in Bethlehem, PA. Employees introduced attendees to the Activity Guides and conducted experiment demonstrations in their effort to introduce the YBTC programs to over 1,000 students in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania! Educators’ Night Out at The Franklin Institute The Dow Chemical Company donated 20 Activity Guides for display and distribution at The Franklin Institute’s (TFI’s) Educator Night Out. The teacher’s-only event invited educators from the greater Philadelphia area to enjoy the museum’s offerings and preview new exhibits, as well as IMAX® and Planeterium shows. CEF staff also attended the event to introduce educators to theYBTC programs and encourage their participation!

moving ForwarD – new eDition releaSe in 2012! The newest version of the Activity Guides is scheduled to be released in spring of 2012. Throughout 2011, CEF incorporated feedback from educators who have used the current Activity Guides and worked with the organization’sYBTC Development Committee (see page 20 for a full list of members) and other educators and science consultants to expand upon the curriculum and improve the content included in each lesson. All of their input and efforts have paid off with the new Activity Guides more than quadrupling in content size! Still divided into K-4 and 5-8 grade levels, the new Activity Guides will be available in an electronic format and accessible online. This format will provide educators with easy and immediate access to science materials. They will also be able to download (and print) the guides from the CEF website both in their entirety or by individual lesson!

Upgrades include: • Curriculum that aligns to the 2010 framework developed to guide the creation of the new National Science Education Standards. Each lesson includes a list of standards that correspond with the concepts addressed. • A cross-link between the concepts explored in the lesson with the appropriate sections of the Challenge study materials (see Challenge on page 10). • The estimated length of time each experiment takes to complete. • Suggestions for differentiation in the classroom – ranging from students who are beginners to those who are more advanced. • Modifications and extensions for performing each experiment and/or expanding on the concepts covered in the lesson. • Real world applications highlighting to students how the concepts learned in the lesson relate to things that they see and use every day, and their working world use by scientists and engineers. • In-depth activity sheets and corresponding educator answer keys. These activities focus on students demonstrating an understanding of the information they have just learned in the lesson. The activity sheets serve as a mechanism for data collection and analysis, and include graphs and charts.

Gold Level sponsorships of the NationalYBTC Challenge allowed CEF to invite an educator from each participating Challenge state to attend the national competition in Philadelphia.


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You Be The ChemisT Challenge overview CEF’s You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge is an interactive academic competition that engages grade 5-8 students in learning with their peers (and their community!) about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety. The program is designed to be a fun and innovative avenue by which students learn more about the central role of chemistry in all science and how it applies to their everyday lives. TheYBTC Challenge is organized into three competitive levels – local, state, and national. Local Challenges take place in communities nationwide through the collaborative efforts of industry, educators, and other community volunteers. Local Challenge winners move on to participate in State Challenges, and State Challenge winners compete against one another at the National Challenge, organized by CEF. Local and state competitions take place throughout the school year, and the cycle ends with the national competition in June. The 2010-2011 Challenge cycle was the most successful year yet! More chemical companies than ever before partnered with the educators and schools in their community to host Local Challenges. This collaboration lead to a greater number of students engaged in science and the development of strengthened community relationships!

imPortant DeveloPmentS: growth oF the Challenge


ow in its eighth year, the Challenge has quickly established itself as an innovative outlet for community outreach and science education. The program has flourished, and as so, CEF has worked to develop a program framework that lends itself to consistency and sustainability nationwide. These efforts also include the creation of guidelines for the differing audiences of the program – organizers, educators, and students. They include: Local Challenge Organizer Website & Templates Local Challenge Organizers are vital to the implementation of Challenge competitions throughout the country. As their title implies, these valuable volunteers implement the program within local schools and serve as the local contact for CEF. Over the past six months, the Foundation has taken significant strides to develop materials that assist Organizers in laying the groundwork for competitions in their community. These materials offer a wide range of recommendations – from how to connect with various community members, format Challenge competitions, approach sponsors, and recognize participating educators. They also include correspondence and presentation templates for communication with local sponsors, schools, and media outlets. These materials are housed on an Organizer only section of the CEF website. Once Local Challenge Organizers register for the Challenge, they are sent a link and password to access the information. This process is important as it provides Organizers with tools to build a sustainable framework for their competition but remains flexible in order for them to build the program with the needs of their community in mind. This also helps CEF build a consistent framework for the competition from state-to-state.

Wisconsin students show their silly side after competing in their Local Challenge sponsored by Brenntag Great Lakes.

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Local Challenge Organizer templates, such as those shown above, may be found on the CEF website,

Increasing the Study Material and Question Content Updating the study materials for the Challenge and the accompanying questions is an ongoing project. The information included in the Passport to Science Exploration (the official title of Challenge study materials) is compiled and reviewed by an expert panel of scientists, educators, and curriculum specialists. In 2011, CEF also partnered with the President of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers to begin developing additional questions for all levels of competition!


2010-2011 loCal yBtC Challenge SiteS & SPonSorS imPlementation

loCal ChallengeS: 2010-2011 SnaPShot • Number of States: 18 and the District of Columbia

(States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,Texas, Utah,Virginia, and Wisconsin)

• Number of sites: 43 • Number of participants: Approximately 12,000 students annually and growing!

CaliFornia • Los Angeles County (San Gabriel)

• Grundy/LaSalle County Air Products &

Brenntag Pacific, Inc., South Gate, CA

• Los Angeles County (Long Beach)

Ross Organic Specialty Sales, Inc., Santa Fe Springs, CA

• Orange County (Brea) Horn, La Mirada, CA

Southwest, Inc., Placentia, CA

kentuCky • Calloway County Vanderbilt Chemical

• Orange County (Dana Point) Coast ConneCtiCut • Fairfield County Hubbard-Hall Inc., Waterbury, CT

• Litchfield County Hubbard-Hall Inc., Waterbury, CT

• New Haven County (Greater

Waterbury) Hubbard-Hall Inc.,Waterbury, CT

Hubbard-Hall Inc.,Waterbury, CT

DiStriCt oF ColumBia • Northwest DC Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates, Washington, DC

illinoiS • Chicago Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, Chicago,

IL; ETA/Cuisenaire,Vernon Hills, IL; HomeWarranty of America, Northbrook, IL; PMP Fermentation, Peoria, IL; PVS Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, MI;The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation, Chicago, IL Cook County (Des Plaines) UOP, LLC , Des Plaines, IL Cook County (Northfield) Stepan Company, Joliet, IL

PennSylvania • Berks County Brenntag North America,

• Detroit (Public Schools) PVS-

• Butler County BASF Corporation, Evans

Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, MI

Nolwood Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, MI

• Kent County PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc., • •

Corporation, Murray, KY Meade County Arch Chemicals, Inc., Brandenburg, KY

The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI Oakland County PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, MI Wayne County PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, MI; BASF Corporation,Wyandotte, MI

• San Antonio Expo Chemical Company, Inc.,

new JerSey • Bergen County Brenntag North America,

maSSaChuSettS • Middlesex County American

Houston,TX; Shell Chemical Company, Houston,TX

utah • Iron County The Bruce & Tammy

Schechinger Trust, Salt Lake City, UT;Thatcher Company, Salt Lake City, UT

north Carolina • Mecklenburg County BASF

wiSConSin • Waukesha County Brenntag Great Lakes,

Corporation, Charlotte, NC

International Chemical, Inc., Framingham, MA

Houston,TX; Shell Chemical Company, Houston,TX

virginia • Loudoun County National Association of

Company, Inc., Clinton, NJ

Inc., Secretary, MD

teXaS • Dallas Amchem, Inc., Longview,TX • Houston Expo Chemical Company, Inc.,

• Hunterdon County D.B. Becker

Inc., Reading, PA

marylanD • Dorchester County Intercoastal Trading

City, PA

South Carolina • York County BASF Corporation, Charlotte, NC

Baton Rouge, LA; LSU/SU Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching, Baton Rouge, LA Tangipahoa Parish Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

Inc., Reading, PA

Detroit, MI; Webb Chemical Services Corporation, Muskegon Heights, MI Macomb County PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, MI Mason County The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

• Midland/Bay/Saginaw County

Chemical Distributors, Arlington,VA


ohio • Lucas County PVS Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, MI; Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education, Bowling Green, OH

• Cook County (Orland-Palos) •

miChigan • Detroit (Arch Diocese) PVS-Nolwood

louiSiana • East Baton Rouge Parish ExxonMobil,

• New Haven County (Region 15)

Chemicals, Inc., LaSalle, IL; AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, LLC, Morris, IL; Aux Sable Liquid Products, Morris, IL; Carus Corporation, LaSalle/Peru, IL; Exelon-Dresden Station, Morris, IL; Flint Hills Resources, LP, Peru, IL; PQ Corporation, Utica, IL Kane County UOP, LLC, Des Plaines, IL

oklahoma • Stephens County Halliburton Energy

Chicago Drug and Chemical Association, Orland Park, IL Cook County (Schaumburg) UOP, LLC, Des Plaines, IL

Services, Duncan, OK


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You Be The ChemisT Challenge State ChallengeS CEF has created a new State Organizers position with the intent of better facilitating the organization of State Challenges and sustainability of the program through greater standardization across states. During 2011, CEF has worked with Local Challenge Organizers to identify State Organizers in each state that currently requires a State Challenge competition. State Organizers will work closely with CEF staff to plan state events to relieve the Local Organizers of this added responsibility.

2011 State You Be The ChemisT Challenge SiteS & SPonSorS California State Challenge A.G. Layne Inc., Los Angeles, CA; ASHTA Chemicals Inc., Ashtabula, OH; Brenntag Pacific, Inc., South Gate, CA; Coast Southwest, Inc., Placentia, CA; Dorsett & Jackson, Los Angeles, CA; Horn, La Mirada, CA; GAR Laboratories, Inc., Riverside, CA; Huntsman LLC,TheWoodlands,TX; Ironshore Environmental, Los Angeles, CA; Ross Organic Specialty Sales, Inc., Santa Fe Springs, CA; Solvay Chemicals, Inc., Houston,TX; S. Nicholls-Billheimer, Santa Fe Springs, CA;Tavco Chemicals, Inc., Laguna Hills, CA;TCR Industries, La Palma, CA; Univar, Redmond, WA; TheWilbur-Ellis Company, San Francisco, CA Connecticut State Challenge Charkit Chemical Corporation; Norwalk, CT; HubbardHall Inc.,Waterbury, CT

Illinois State Challenge Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, Des Plaines, IL Kentucky State Challenge Arch Chemicals, Inc., Norwalk, CT; Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Owensboro, KY; Papa John's, Owensboro, KY Louisiana State Challenge ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery & Baton Rouge Chemical Plant; Baton Rouge, LA;The LSU Cain Center for STEM Literacy, Baton Rouge, LA;The LSU/SU Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, Baton Rouge, LA; Shell Chemical Company, Houston,TX

Michigan State Challenge PVS Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, IL;The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, Midland, MI; BASF Corporation, Florham Park, NJ New Jersey State Challenge Brenntag North America, Inc., Reading, PA; D.B. Becker Company, Inc., Clinton, NJ Pennsylvania State Challenge BASF Corporation, Evans City, PA; Brenntag North America, Inc., Reading, PA; Penn State University, University Park, PA Texas State Challenge Brenntag Southwest, Inc., Lancaster,TX; Expo Chemical Company, Inc., Houston,TX; Houston Chemical Association, Houston,TX; MeadWestvaco, Cypress,TX; Shell Chemical Company, Houston,TX

Local Challenge winners from Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, were honored by the local School Board for their accomplishments.The Tangipahoa Local Challenge was sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana State University.

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You Be The ChemisT national Challenge JUNE 20, 2011, NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER, PhILAdELPhIA, PA

overview The 2011 National Challenge saw seven thrilling rounds of competition in front of the largest audience to date! The competition brought together almost two hundred chemical industry representatives, family members, and educators in celebration of science. In fact, the national competition has grown so much that CEF has to change venues for the 2012 National Challenge (see Going Forward on page 12).


NATIONAL ChALLENgE PARTICIPANTS ChAMPION Andrew Lingenfelter Evans City, Pennsylvania

FIRST RUNNER-UP Shivani Angappan Bedford, Massachusetts

SECONd RUNNER-UP Haripriya Mehta Des Plaines, Illinois

ThIRd RUNNER-UP Namita Nabar Brea, California Tate Banks Duncan, Oklahoma Colter Boyes Enoch, Utah Jonathan Brakefield Clover, South Carolina Matthew Cocke Franklin Lakes, New Jersey Caitlin Coppinger Brandenburg, Kentucky Khai Ho El Paso,Texas Lexi Kloeppel Franklin, North Carolina Earth Lyons Toledo, Ohio Maggie Palys Oxford, Connecticut

Throughout the 2010-2011 school year students competed in Local and State Challenges across the country.The State Challenge winners pictured above came together in Philadelphia, PA, on June 19-21 for a three-day celebratory event!


hile in Philadelphia, all of the National Challenge participants received exciting prizes including Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000 chemistry kits, gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store, and YBTC Challenge T-shirts, bags, and other giveaways. The first-, second-, third-, and fourth-place winners also received educational scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $500 based on where they placed in the competition as well as TI-84 Silver Edition Plus Calculators. As part of the Challenge experience, participants, their family members, and educators were treated to a three-day event that included some of Philadelphia’s top sites, a tour of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, a breakfast and planetarium show at The Franklin Institute, followed by an afternoon of science exploration throughout the museum’s exhibits. The National Challenge and all of its surrounding events were made possible through the generous support of our sponsors (see page 12 for full list). THANK YOU!

Joshen Patel Farmington Hills, Michigan Vishal Ravi Washington, D.C. Nirmaan Shanker Leesburg,Virginia Paloma Sterrett Cambridge, Maryland Heidi Tremaine Oconomowoc,Wisconsin Thuc Truong Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Andrew Lingenfelter earned the honor of National Challenge Champion and was awarded a $5,000 educational scholarship by CEF’s 2011 President, Laura Dornbusch.


Participants, family members, educators, and industry members enjoyed a reception and dinner at The Franklin Institute after the competition.

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national Challenge & international year oF ChemiStry CeleBration Dinner

SPonSorS gOLd


n addition to the exciting events surrounding the competition, National Challenge participants, family members, and educators interacted with members of the chemical industry in a celebration held at The Franklin Institute immediately following the competition. The event celebrated the exciting accomplishments of the Challenge participants, as well as, 2011 being named the InternationalYear of Chemistry (see page 2). Attendees mingled during a reception in the museum’s exhibit hall and then enjoyed dinner and an interactive chemistry show in historic Franklin Hall. The night also included an award ceremony for the participants. Winner, Andrew, took the podium as he accepted his $5,000 scholarship and described the entire experience as “awesome,” while congratulating his fellow participants on all of the effort they put into preparing for the competition!

Over 200 industry members, educators, students, and family members mingled at a celebration dinner held at The Franklin Institute immediately following the National Challenge.

The dinner was sponsored by Brenntag North America, Inc.;The Dow Chemical Company Foundation; ICL Performance Products LP; PVSNolwood Chemicals, Inc.; Shell Chemical Company; and Univar.

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CEF continues to grow the Challenge in a sustainable manner by working to expand the number of schools and students that participate in areas where current Challenges already take place. CEF is also working with interested industry members to introduce the program to educators in new states. In 2012, CEF hopes to add two additional states to the competition framework!

Silver National Association of Chemical Distributors Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates Thames & Kosmos

Bronze BASF Corporation Expo Chemical Co., Inc. PQ Corporation Turning Technologies Inc.

In 2012, CEF also plans to begin development on a question database to house the expanding amount of questions necessary for each level of competition. This database will allow CEF and its review team to tag questions by concept, level of difficulty, and past use to facilitate the development of competition question sets from year to year. CEF has also developed pre- and post-test Challenge surveys in an effort to begin collecting data on student learning. CEF hopes to collect data from a random sample of Local Challenge sites during the 2012-2013 Challenge cycle.

SAVE THE DATE! Join CEF on June 25, 2012 at the National Challenge! The event will take place at a distinguished new venue, The Kimmel Center, in Philadelphia, PA. The increasing number of participants and audience members caused the National Challenge to outgrow its current venue, the National Constitution Center (NCC). CEF will still work with NCC to host the National Challenge Celebration Dinner in 2012. The dinner will again be held after the competition and include a mix of industry, educator, student, and family attendees, and culminate with a live and interactive chemistry show by The Franklin Institute.

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EF’s Vanguard Award honors the outstanding efforts of individuals who take a leadership role in generating interest in the sciences, specifically chemistry. Through various outreach initiatives, Vanguard Award winners raise awareness of the importance of science education within their communities. In 2011, Gregory S. Babe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC, was recognized for his work to promote and support the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education on both the national and local levels. One of the company’s most notable programs is the Presidential award-winning Making Science Make Sense® initiative that works to advance science volunteerism through a public education campaign lead by the nation’s first African-American female astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison. Additionally, as Chairman of the Bayer USA Foundation, Babe has guided the Foundation’s strong support of innovative education and workforce development

programs. Examples of these initiatives include developing the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Scholarship/Internship program at Duquesne University, and funding Biotech Partners - a nationally recognized model for school-to-career partnerships in the sciences. Other activities include spearheading K-8 science education reform throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and establishing and sustaining MESA, a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program that provides underserved middle and high school students with hands-on math and science curriculum.

From left, Laura Dornbusch, CEF President; Dr. Helen Sobehart, former Executive Director, ASSET Inc.; Gregory Babe, President and CEO of Bayer Corporation; and John Rice, CEF Executive Director.

“ It is a great honor to be named the Chemical Educational Foundation’s (CEF) 2011 Vanguard Award recipient.

Our country needs more scientists, engineers and innovators. But just as important, we also need government and business decision makers who understand science and all its implications. We need citizens who understand science, journalists to accurately report on it, and gifted teachers to advance science literacy and curiosity in our young people. Yet, America’s students continue to fall behind in science education at a time when they need it to succeed in a highly competitive, worldwide economy. We can’t let that continue. That’s why the work we all do to advance science literacy is so essential.” Gregory S. Babe President & CEO of Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC 2011 Chemical Educational Foundation Vanguard Award Recipient


Join CEF on May 15, 2012 at the Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.


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EF and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) created the Educational Outreach Award as an avenue by which both organizations can expand the community outreach efforts of SOCMA member companies. The award recognizes SOCMA members as a part of their annual Performance Improvement Awards program and is in its fifth year. The 2011 award recipient was Strem Chemicals, Inc. (Strem) of Newburyport, MA. Strem was honored for their science education collaborations with local schools. These efforts include the active encouragement of employee participation in community volunteer projects, performing hands-on experiments and conducting experiment demonstrations to grade 6-8 students, and providing generous monetary contributions to the expansion and improvement of laboratory space in Newburyport schools! SOCMA President/CEO Larry Sloan (left) and CEF Executive Director John Rice (second from right) honored represtatives of Strem Chemicals, Inc. at SOCMA’s Annual Dinner in NewYork City. The company was honored for their outstanding science education outreach initatives in their local community.

Strem was honored by CEF’s Executive Director at SOCMA’s Annual Dinner held on December 5, 2011 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. During the ceremony, CEF awarded Strem Chemical with a $2,500 check to be donated to Nock Middle School’s science department.

“ Strem Chemicals, Inc. is a company which takes great pride in the work it has done to enhance science

education within our community. Watching young students grow in their understanding and enjoyment of the sciences, specifically chemistry is enough reward in itself, but we are truly privileged to have been selected as the 2011 Educational Outreach Award recipient by CEF and SOCMA. We have designated Nock Middle School of Newburyport, MA to receive the $2,500 donation in our name. We are extremely confident that Nock's science department will significantly benefit from this charitable contribution." Michael Strem President of Strem Chemicals, Inc. 2011 Educational Outreach Award Winner

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Thank You

Educators! Industry Members! Community Organizers! There are many different types of people who volunteer on behalf of CEF activities nationwide. They are a vital part of the organization’s activities and their outreach activities have introduced and engaged tens of thousands of students, educators, and community members to CEF programs. CEF estimates that over 300 volunteers are actively engaged in their communities. Thereby increasing science education opportunities nationwide. There are many aspects of volunteerism within CEF. They include:

CeF thanks the staff and membership of the national association of Chemical Distributors for their support and involvement in Foundation programs.

Introducing Activity guides – coordinating Activity Guide integration in their community through science camps, school demonstrations, Boy and Girl Scout activities, as well as within local science museums. Organizing YBTC Challenges – coordinating the organization of YBTC Challenges in communities nationwide by working with the CEF staff and local schools to implement competitions. This also includes those who moderate, judge, and serve as guest presenters in all three levels of the Challenge. Serving on CEF Board of Trustees and Committees – providing insight and guidance to the CEF staff in the areas of communications, curriculum development, and funding. Professional development – Assisting in the implementation and gathering of feedback for CEF’s professional development programs. Contributing financially – CEF has over 200 corporate contributors whose support is vital to the continued growth and success of the Foundation. Additionally, CEF has also seen an increase in the number of individual contributors who are supporting Foundation efforts. CEF would like to thank all of our volunteers for their efforts on behalf of CEF. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Industry members, educators, and community members volunteer of their time and effort to implement CEF’sYBTC programs nationwide. CEF thanks all of our volunteers for their continued support!


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BranDing In 2011, CEF worked to expand the branding of the organization and its You Be The Chemist (YBTC) series. CEF created external and internal style guidelines that outline the proper usage of the CEF and YBTC names, logos, and descriptions for the organization’s entire collection of communication resources - from press releases and presentations to promotional pieces. CEF has worked to ensure a consistent brand that will help us continue to build the identity of the organization and its programs. This consistency will better position CEF as a leader in the quest to enhance science education. CEF’s external style guidelines are housed on the Foundation’s website - - for program volunteers to access.

marketing eFFortS

The CEF website,, is the turnkey source for information about the Foundation, the You Be The Chemist (YBTC) programs, communications, and activities. In 2011, CEF’s website amplified the overall visibility and brand of the organization, creating a broader audience for the organization. This contributed to the expansion of programmatic communications and the ability to increase theYBTC programs’ volunteer base. Key addition s to the website in 2011 include:

CEF introduced several marketing promotions for our programs in 2011. These included a Back-to School Activity Guide sale and an Industry Meeting Promotion sale. These promotions offered pricing incentives based on the number of Activity Guides purchased. Additionally, CEF has worked through other media channels to market our programs and activities. This includes program promotion through social media platforms, the creation of promotional handouts for distribution at conferences and events, as well as disseminating event and program information electronically.

• The revision and launch of a new students’ section of its website, Newton & Kelvin’s Lab. CEF timed the launch of the new site to augment CEF’s International Year of Chemistry (IYC) activities. The site offers grade K-8 students and educators supplemental educational resources for science exploration. Visit to view Newton & Kelvin’s Lab.

SoCial meDia PlatFormS In 2011, CEF increased its social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Postings included important event dates,YBTC program development and activity updates, as well as relevant education and science news stories. This also included the addition of links to each social media platform on the homepage of the CEF website. Post a note on the organization’s Facebook fan page or send a tweet to @chem_ed on Twitter!

• The reorganization of CEF’s YBTC section. The implementation of navigation changes provided the site with a more user-friendly interface creating easier access for site exploration and allowing for greater emphasis on program resources. Visit to view the upgrades! • The development of additional resources and information for Local Challenge Organizers. A new page was added to the general YBTC section of the website to assist potential Organizers as they work to create competition sites in their community. CEF also created a separate password-protected Organizer site to assist registered Organizers with planning their events as well as contacting schools, sponsors, and media outlets. Additional upgrades to the website and the Organizer’s page will take place throughout the Challenge cycle.

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CEF also created its own YouTube Channel, CEFYBTC. The channel will house videos featuring CEF and the YBTC programs. The first video featured on the channel is the CEF promotional video. CEF will add videos and experiment demonstrations, to the CEFYBTC channel as they become available. CEF’s social media directives will continue to evolve with the growth of the YBTC programs!

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meeting ContriButionS

CEF continues to appear in the news, trade press, allied organizations newsletters, and local, regional, and national media, throughout the country in areas where our programs are implemented. This includes numerous school system, organization, and company websites. The following list is a sample of the various types of news coverage received by CEF: U.S. News &World Report Wall Street Journal Virginia Association of Science Teachers Newsletter Indiana Department of Education E-newsletter Chemical Distributor Compoundings Magazine TribLocal Des Plaines Dateline Pittsburgh Indiana Department of Education Newsletter Reading Eagle The Times The Cranberry Patch The Chemunicator Southern Star (A Chicago Times Publication) Chicago Public SchoolsWebsite Household & Personal Products Industry Magazine Macomb County E-News Orange County Register Los AngelesWave Daily Herald

In 2011, CEF expanded its reach to more conferences as a way to communicate the organization message to large groups.The CEF staff and members of our Board of Trustees have introduced our programs and activities at various organizational meetings and conferences throughout the year. This includes: • Celebrate Science Indiana Festival, Indianapolis, IN • Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Los Angeles, CA • International Lubricant Manufacturers Association, Orlando, FL • Oklahoma Women in Science Conference, Oklahoma City, OK • Philadelphia Science Carnival Festival, Philadelphia, PA • Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates EHS&S Sustainability National Conference, Houston, TX; and Annual Dinner, New York, NY • National Association of Chemical Distributors’ Regional Meetings; Operations Seminar, Sacramento, CA; Washington, Fly-In; Washington, DC; and Annual Meeting, Bonita Springs, FL • The Racemics, Clifton, NJ • Virginia Association of Science Teachers’ Conference, Roanoke, VA

going ForwarD As CEF’s programs grow, so do the number of people talking about them! CEF plans to continue this forward momentum in communication efforts with even greater strength in 2012. This includes generating stronger relationships with the trade press and national media, working through industry members to get in front of larger audiences at conferences and meetings and in corporate newsletters. CEF also plans to focus more efforts on the human element by highlighting specific people, organizations, and communities that are advancing the study of science through our programs.

Additionally, two of CEF’s State Challenge competitions, California and Michigan, were filmed and aired on local access television stations within each state. Namita Nabar, the California State Challenge winner, also appeared on a local television show, Cox Forum, in South Orange County.

rising tide lifts all boats, and in the classroom it is important to provide the kinds of learning “ Aexperiences that students need to excel. The You Be The Chemist programs tap into students’ interest in chemistry allowing them opportunities to learn more about the subject than the regular curriculum allows. It’s all about the students and ways their teachers can help them improve student learning in the classroom – all students, not just those at the top of the class.” Brenda Nixon, Co-Director, Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering, and Mathematical Literacy, Louisiana State University


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FinanCial highlightS The Foundation’s financial position strengthened in 2011 thanks to the overwhelming commitment to CEF’s mission from the chemical industry. This included growing support from chemical distributors and suppliers, as well as individual contributors. (A list of corporate contributors is located on page 19 of this report, and a list of individual contributors is listed below. Visit the CEF website for the most current list of corporate and individual contributors.)

PaSt CeF inDiviDual ContriButorS as of 2/1/12 Anderson, Lauren Bahner, Eric Ballard, Tonya Battle, Kevin Bird, Dana Bogan, Daniel E. Bueche, Matthew Corden, Brandi Coyle, Leo DeFazio, John Dornbusch, Laura M. Dunn, Suzanne Filder, William A. Frischling, Craig P. Hampton, Ben Harbenski, James Hawkins, Dale S. Hawkins, Dave Hill, Terry Hinnant, Bryant Hinnant, Charles Jahn, Christopher L. Kinder, Stan Koch, Bart E. Kuo, Jay Kutchins, Rosalyn Kutz, Doug Lee, Catherine Marantette, Patrick J. McGowan, William J. Miller, Jeff Miller, John L. Murphy, Ellen M. Nelson, James L. Nelson, James O. Noe, Nicholas O'Donnell, Sean W. Phelps, Gary Podwin, Rosemary Roembke, Ray and Cathy Rumfola, Sam Rumfola, Tony S. Russo, Paul Schaefer, Jerome Schechinger, Bruce H.

Shayler, Craig Skipp, Andrew K. Stirrling, Bill Tannenbaum, Jeffrey Tanner, Stephen B. Taylor, Daiel Titus, Dean M. Vaillancourt, Dennis Van Wyck, Dave Velarde, Randy E. Venci, Deborah Anne Walsh, Edward J. Whetter, Bruce L. Whetter, Matt Whetter, Rob

Prior to the start of the competition, 2011 National Challenge participants chatted with CEF about their experience at the competition and their favorite things about chemistry!

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CorPorate FounDation ContriButorS as of 2/1/12 A.G. Layne, Inc. Accron, LP Amchem, Inc. American International Chemical, Inc. Americhem Sales Corporation Arch Chemicals, Inc. Archway Sales Inc. Argo Chemical, Inc. Ashland Distribution Company ASHTA Chemicals Inc. Astro Chemicals, Inc. Barium & Chemicals, Inc. Barton Solvents, Inc. BASF Corporation Basstech International LLC Bedford Specialty Sales, Inc. BHS Marketing LLC Biogen Idec Foundation Bison Laboratories, Inc. BKM Resources, Inc. – Global Chemicals Boehle Chemicals, Inc. Borden & Remington Corp. Bossco Industries, Inc. Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc. Brenntag North America, Inc. Brown Chemical Co., Inc. Buckley Oil Company CA Specialities, Ltd. Callahan Company Calumet Specialty Products Carus Corporation Charkit Chemical Corp. Chautauqua Metal Finishing Supply Chem One Ltd. Chem/Serv, Inc. CheMarCo, Inc. Chem-Materials Co., Inc. Chemical Distribution Excellence Chemical Distributors Inc. Chemical Distributors, Inc. Chemicals, Inc. USA, a Chemgroup Co. Chemisphere Corporation Chemsolv, Inc. Coast Southwest, Inc. Columbus Chemical Industries, Inc. Conchemco, Ltd. Cone Solvents, Inc. CSD/Startex Distribution LLC D & F Distributing, Inc. D.B. Becker Company, Inc. Deeks & Company, Inc. (Ga) DeWolf Chemical, Inc. Dorsett & Jackson, Inc. Dunleary, Inc.

Durr Marketing Associates, Inc. E.W. Kaufmann Co. Emco Chemical Distributors, Inc. Expo Chemical Co., Inc. ExxonMobil Chemical Company FBC Chemical Corp. Ferro Corporation Fitz Chem Corporation FMC Corporation Gallade Chemical, Inc. Gilbert & Jones Company Inc. Greenchem Industries LLC Hall Technologies, Inc. Harry W. Gaffney & Co., Inc. Harwick Standard Distribution Corp. Haviland Products Co. Hawk Chemical Company, Inc. Hawkins, Inc. Horn Houghton Chemical Corporation Hubbard-Hall Inc. Hydrite Chemical Co. ICL Performance Products LP Ideal Chemical & Supply Co. Independent Chemical Corporation Industrial Chemicals Corp. Intercoastal Trading Inc. Interstate Chemical Co., Inc. J. Tech Sales, LLC J.H. Calo Company, Inc. JR Hess Company K-Solv, LP KJ Technical Directions Kohl Marketing, Inc. L.V. Lomas Limited Lidochem, Inc. Lipscomb Chemical Co., Inc. Lowe Chemical Co. Maryland Chemical Company, Inc. Mays Chemical Company, Inc. McCullough & Associates Mehaffey & Daigle, Inc. Miles Chemical Company Monson Companies, Inc. Occidental Chemical Corp. Ohio Chemical Services, Inc. Ohio Valley Financial Pacific Coast Chemicals Co. Parker Solvents Company, Inc. Pilot Chemical Company Pride Solvents & Chemical Co., Inc. Producers Chemical Company PQ Corporation PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc.


Quaker City Chemicals, Inc. R.E. Carroll, Inc. Raw Materials Corporation Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation Research Solvents & Chemicals, Inc. Rio Tinto Minerals Riverside Chemical Co., Inc. Ross Organic Specialty Sales, Inc. Royale Pigments and Chemicals, Inc. Ruger Chemical Co., Inc. Sal Chemical Sea-Land Chemical Co. Shell Chemical Company Foundation Shell Chemical LP Sierra Chemical Co. Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates SolvChem, Inc. Stepan Company Superior Solvents and Chemicals Surpass Chemical Co., Inc. T.H. Hilson Company Tanner Industries, Inc. Tarr, LLC Tavco Chemicals, Inc. TCR Industries Technical Products, Inc. The Cary Company The Chemical Club of New England Inc. The Chidley & Peto Company The Dow Chemical Company The Dow Chemical Company Foundation The M.F. Cachat Company The Meadows Group, LLC The NP Group, Inc. The Plaza Group Third Coast Terminals, Inc. Thornley Company, Inc. Tilley Chemical Co., Inc. TLC Ingredients, Inc. TMC Materials, Inc. TransChem, Inc. Transchemical Inc. Tri-iso, Inc. TRInternational, Inc. U.S. Chemicals, LLC Univar Van Horn, Metz & Co., Inc. Vivion, Inc. Walsh & Associates, Inc. Webb Chemical Service Corp. Whitaker Oil Company Wilson Industrial Sales Co., Inc.

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PRESIdENT Ms. Rosemary Podwin Commercial Manager – Ethylene Oxide & Glycols Shell Chemical Company

Ms. Lauren Anderson Product Stewardship and Regulatory Manager DuPont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts

Mr. Roger T. Harris President Producers Chemical Company

Mr. Andrew Skipp President/CEO Hubbard-Hall Inc.

Mr. Edmund F. Burke, Jr. President Callahan Company

Mr. Peter Y. Hess President JR Hess Company

Mr. Lawrence D. Sloan President/CEO Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates

Mr. Arthur Dhom Jr. President Pride Solvents & Chemical Co. Inc.

Mr. Terry Hill SeniorVice President/COO Univar

Mr. David J. Vergo Business Director The Dow Chemical Company

Ms. Laura Dornbusch President Expo Chemical Co., Inc.

Mr. Richard A. Peacock President PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc.

Mr. Bart Whitaker President/CEO Whitaker Oil Company

Mr. William A. Fidler President/CEO Brenntag North America, Inc.

Mr. Paul Russo Professor of Chemistry Louisiana State University

Mr. Richard A. White Sr. Business Manager-Oxygenated Solvents FMC Corporation

Mr. Paul J. Galasso Global Advocacy Director, Intermediates ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Mr. Bruce H. Schechinger President BHS Marketing LLC

VICE PRESIdENT Mr. Stephen J. Cornwall East Coast Sales Director ICL Performance Products LP TREASURER Mr. Mathew A. Brainerd President Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc. SECRETARY Mr. Christopher Jahn President National Association of Chemical Distributors

CommitteeS as of 1/1/12 Communications Committee: A group of experienced communication and public relations executives who serve as a sounding board in the development of an organizational communication strategy to further enhance the Foundation and its You Be The Chemist programs. Members:

Program Committee: A group of individuals with a broad range of experience in industry, education, community outreach, and the sciences who oversee the direction and development of CEF’s current programs and evaluate the potential for new programs and activities. Members:

Ms. Barbara E. Nothstein Marketing & Planning Manager Brenntag North America, Inc.

Mr. Lawrence D. Sloan President/CEO Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates

Ms. Lauren Anderson Product Stewardship and Regulatory Manager DuPont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts

Mr. Paul Russo Professor of Chemistry Louisiana State University

Ms. Jane Palmieri Managing Director Dow Solar Solutions

Ms. Alison Jahn Director, Public Relations Univar

Ms. Laura Dornbusch President Expo Chemical Co., Inc.

Mr. Joseph L. Talento Museum Programs Department The Franklin Institute

Mr. Barret C. Fisher, III ExecutiveVice President Van Horn, Metz & Co., Inc.

Funding & Investment Committee: An experienced team of high-level industry executives who guide the Foundation in its current fundraising activities and explore new funding opportunities. Members: Mr. Edmund F. Burke, Jr. President Callahan Company

Mr. Terry Hill SeniorVice President/COO Univar

You Be The Chemist development Committee: Created out of the Program Committee, this team of volunteers specifically focuses on the development and direction of CEF’s popular YBTC programs. Members:

Mr. Mathew A. Brainerd President Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc.

Ms. Rosemary Podwin Commercial Manager – Ethylene Oxide & Glycols Shell Chemical Company

Ms. Amy Berry Coordinator for Student Services Meade County Schools (KY)

Mr. Robert Mendenhall Director, Science, Health, PE, andWellness Toledo Public Schools (OH)

Mr. Stephen J. Cornwall East Coast Sales Director ICL Performance Products LP

Mr. Kurt McMillan Vice President, Business Management National Association of Chemical Distributors

Mr. Douglas Nafis Senior Development Specialist UOP, LLC (IL)

Mr. William A. Fidler President/CEO Brenntag North America, Inc.

Mr. Andrew Skipp President/CEO Hubbard-Hall Inc.

Mr. Michael Davis Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chair – Physical Science Dept. HaroldWashington College (IL)

Mr. Roger T. Harris President Producers Chemical Company

Mr. David J. Vergo Business Director The Dow Chemical Company

Mr. Steven Jacobs, FAIC Chief Scientist Faraday Studios (KS)

Mr. Peter Y. Hess President JR Hess Company

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Ms. Brenda C. Nixon Co-Director, Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific,Technological, Engineering, and Mathematical Literacy Louisiana State University (LA)


the Future: 2012 outlook An exciting year is ahead for CEF and the You Be The Chemist (YBTC) programs! The following are just some of the program launches and events that CEF will be looking forward to in the upcoming year: • In spring, CEF will release its fourth edition of the YBTC Activity Guides. The updated version is almost quadruple the size of the current Activity Guides! See page 7 for details about all of the exciting additions to this growing program. • In June, CEF will hold the eighth annual National YBTC Challenge competition in Philadelphia, PA. This

year’s event promises to be bigger than ever before! CEF will again hold a Celebration Dinner following the competition. This congratulatory event allows industry members, educators, participants, and community members to interact in a festive atmosphere! • In fall 2012, CEF plans to begin the process of creating video demonstrations from the YBTC Activity Guides as a means of engaging educators in hands-on teaching techniques. These demos will be a component of the Essential Elements (see page 5) professional development workshops, made available online for educators and

industry members to use in their communities. • The next year is also going to be an exciting year for CEF partnerships. Partnerships with chemical companies, industry and educational organizations, and community entities are vital to CEF’s success in growing each of the YBTC programs. This also includes an increased presence by CEF at science festivals, and educator and industry conferences across the country! Visit for the latest on CEF programs and events!

how Can CeF helP you? The Foundation relies on various groups – chemical industry members, educators, students, and active community members – to implement CEF’s You Be The Chemist (YBTC) programs nationwide. Each of these groups can participate on many different levels using CEF materials. Activities may include conducting an experiment in a classroom, distributing lesson plans to the children of company employees, or championing a local academic competition. No matter which group you may belong to or what level of outreach involvement you desire CEF is here to help you in your science-related community outreach endeavors! Chemical Industry Members Use of CEF materials provides an avenue for constructive dialogue between industry and the communities in which they do business. CEF provides the programs, and you introduce the programs to your community. These actions, in turn, create a great community outreach opportunity for your company, position you as an engaged community member, and assure that students in your community are provided with an extra boost when it comes to science education.

Educators CEF programs enhance K-8 science education by introducing the science of chemistry as it relates to everyday life. The YBTC programs accommodate educators with varying degrees of science backgrounds, provide educators with innovative means by which to introduce chemistry concepts to grade K-8 students, offer a mechanism to share information with fellow educators, and address differentiation in the classroom to assist educators with adjusting lessons and activities to students’ learning levels.

Contact the CEF staff for suggested outreach activities, program information, or for a copy of our Community Outreach & Media Guide for ideas and examples of how chemical industry members can improve the chemistry with their community.

Contact the CEF staff forYBTC program information or for more information on how to use them in your classroom! Community Members Whether you are involved in an after-school program, civic or community organization such as the Girl and/or Boy Scouts, or a faith-based organization, CEF programs provide fun, hands-on activities for community members to implement in their area. The YBTC programs are a great tool to supplement what students are learning in the classroom, while providing educational concepts in an exciting manner that engages K-8 students in the science of chemistry.

Students The YBTC programs introduce students to the exciting world of chemistry and show that chemistry is vital to everyday life. Have your parent or educator contact CEF to find out how you can participate in hands-on experiments and exciting competitions. Also, visit the student section of CEF’s website! The newly redesigned Newton & Kelvin’s Lab has fun chemistry games and additional resources for you as you explore the science of chemistry!


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Looking ahead...

2012 eventS You Be The ChemisT Challenge Local Challenge competition deadline

March 5, 2012


State Challenge competitions

April 28, 2012


National Challenge activities

June 24-26, 2012

Philadelphia, PA

National Challenge competition and Celebration Dinner

June 25, 2012

Philadelphia, PA

You Be The ChemisT aCtivity guiDeS Release of the new edition

Spring 2012



May 15, 2012

Washington, DC

Conference call

September 2012


November 29, 2012

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San Diego, CA

vanguarD Dinner & awarD Ceremony Announcement of winner

March 15, 2012

Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony

May 15, 2012

Arlington, VA

SoCma eDuCational outreaCh awarD (sponsored by CeF) Award ceremony and dinner

December 2012

New York, NY


February 14-17, 2012

New Orleans, LA

Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival

April 21, 2012

Philadelphia, PA

USA Science & Engineering Festival

April 27-29, 2012

Washington, DC

SPeCial eventS

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