Dow brings national chemistry competition to Iberville, West Baton Rouge students

Published: Feb. 10, 2015 at 1:17 AM CST
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List of students involved in the challenge (Source: Dow)
List of students involved in the challenge (Source: Dow)

PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - Middle school students from Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes will show off their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness at the local level of a national chemistry competition. It will happen on Wednesday, February 11.

The 34 students will compete against one another in the Dow Westside You Be the Chemist Challenge. This challenge is an academic question-and-answer competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF). The Dow Westside Challenge aims to engage grade 6-8 students in chemistry through a dynamic event that partners industry members with schools and organizations in the communities in which they operate.

"The Challenge exposes students to the fascinating world of chemistry as it applies to their everyday lives, allowing them to gain a greater appreciation of how chemistry and chemicals will continue to shape their world," stated Abby Cook, Dow Public Affairs. "Additionally, linking industry, educators, and students together not only builds stronger community relationships but also highlights the importance of science education in an informal and celebratory manner. Dow is proud to be the supporter of this event for the second consecutive year."

The local-level portion of the Challenge, held at the Math, Science & Arts Academy West in Plaquemine, is sponsored by Dow's Louisiana Operations. Family, friends, and community members are encouraged to support the local students by attending the Dow Westside Challenge. The Challenge will take place in the Performing Arts Center at MSA West and will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11th.

The first, second, and third place winners from both Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes of the Dow Westside Local Challenge will advance to the Louisiana State Challenge held at LSU on April 25, 2015. The winner of the state competition will move on to compete in the National Challenge held this summer. There, they will compete with state winners from across the country.

At the national competition, each participant will receive fun prizes, such as T-shirts and gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store. The first through fourth-place winners will also receive scholarships for future educational use. For more information about the competition, please visit CEF's website at