Honeywell recently helped more than 3,000 students from Chicago-area middle schools learn more about science through the Chemical Educational Foundation’s You Be the Chemist Challenge®. Through Honeywell Hometown Solutions, Honeywell UOP sponsored three regional events with a $6,000 grant. The event which is in its 11th year, had nearly 30 volunteers from UOP, who donated their time to work with students, teachers, administrators and parents.
“We are proud to be a part of the You Be the Chemist program because it helps spark students’ interest in science during a critical time in their education,” said Doug Nafis, Principal Scientist for Honeywell’s UOP Research and Development department. “Science and math education is one of the core focus areas of Honeywell Hometown Solutions and this event helps to provide recognition for academic excellence at par with the recognition that students receive for sports, music and other extracurricular activities.”
Participating students attended one of three regional You Be the Chemist events, which are academic question-and-answer competitions. The top three finalists, as well as an alternate from each region, advanced to the Illinois state competition, which was held on April 25 at Benedictine University in Lisle. The finalists from the state competition will participate in the National Challenge to be held on June 22 in Philadelphia, where state representatives from across the country will vie for the 2014-2015 National You Be the Chemist champion title.