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Indiana student takes 3rd Place in the 2017 You Be The Chemist Challenge in Washington DC on June 19, 2017

Congratulations to Ameya Belamkar, 8th Grade student at Creekside Middle School in Carmel Indiana, who was awarded third place in the 2017 You Be The Chemist Challenge National Challenge which was held at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington DC on Monday, June 19.

Ameya is 2nd from right front row
(Photo Courtesy the Chemical Educational Foundation)

Ameya had won the Indiana State Challenge on Saturday, April 29 and advanced to compete in the National Challenge against the winners of You Be The Chemist State Challenges from 42 other US states/territories.

Ameya was awarded a $3,000 Educational Scholarship for future higher education expenses, a TI-84 Plus Calculator and trophy. All participants were awarded a National Challenge Medal. At the celebration banquet all the students also received a special prize from the Dow Chemical of a Parrot Mambo mini-drone.

Ameya was accompanied by his family and his teacher Cheryl Ruetz and her family.

Ameya shared his experiences after the Challenge: “The You Be The Chemist program has fostered my passion and interest in science. The National Challenge was a great overall experience, both for deepening my understanding of chemistry and enjoying DC.”

Cheryl Ruetz shared the following: “I am so proud of Ameya’s success. I know he studied very hard to get as far as he did and I’m so happy that he placed so well in the National event. This was a great experience for us and I will continue to make this opportunity available to students at Creekside middle school in the future. I want to extend my appreciation to the Chemical Educational Foundation that allowed teachers to be part of this experience by sponsoring the trip for me.”

Students from across Indiana participate in the 6th Indiana State You Be The Chemist Challenge on Saturday, April 29, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 37 grade 5-8 students from across Indiana participated in the 6th Indiana State You Be The Chemist Challenge® at Pike High School in North West Indianapolis. The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is one of three programs of the Chemical Educational Foundation® which are designed to enhance K-8 science education byContinue Reading

Be part of the FIRST Women in STEM Classroom Walk IN Event on Friday, April 14, 2017

If you are a woman STEM professional in Indiana, we’re inviting you to help us break the stereotypes of what a scientist looks like. Right now IPS K-6 grade teachers are registering to have women working in STEM fields here in Indiana visit their classrooms on Friday, April 14. This first-ever Women in STEM ClassroomContinue Reading

Celebrate Science Indiana 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 7 – Save the Date

Spring is coming, birds are arriving and the grass is greening. That means it is also time to start planning for Celebrate Science Indiana 2017. Wow, is October 7th that close? No, but it is the time to save the date. Celebrate Science Indiana is a family friendly way to explore and enjoy scientific inquiry.Continue Reading

Indy Style Celebrates Science

Rick Crosslin, Scientist in Residence at MSD Wayne Township Schools and Host & Executive Producer of Indiana Expeditions WFYI PBS, and Erica Posthuma-Adams, Chemistry Instructor at University High School in Carmel Indiana and her student Kenzie were on WISH TV Indy Style on Monday, September 26 demonstrating some really cool science experiments and welcoming Indy Style viewersContinue Reading

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