‘Scrub Up on Science Challenge 2018’ - Young people explore chemistry of bubbles, foam and fizz

 November 29 2017

The Society of Cosmetic Scientists is challenging young people aged 11-16 to put their creative and scientific talents to the test through the 2018 Scrub up on Science Challenge.

The Scrub up on Science Challenge, which the Society of Cosmetic Scientists launched in 2014, is asking young people to create a bubble bath or bath bomb, and is supplying schools with free surfactant – the special chemical compound responsible for soapy bubbles. Using the surfactant, students aim to create the longest-lasting foam, the frothiest fizz, or the biggest bubbles.

Schools can order free surfactant from the Scrub Up on Science website. To enter the competition, participants will also need to create a short video or a PowerPoint presentation that describes their product idea and showcases their understanding of the science behind it. All entries can be submitted through the website, before the closing date on Monday 27 April 2018.

Selected finalists will be invited to The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on 20th June 2018 to recreate their product for the judges in a bid to be crowned winner.

Society of Cosmetic Scientists President Jackie Searle said:

“The Scrub Up on Science Challenge has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2014. We are delighted to offer schools the chance to engage their students through the chemistry of cosmetic products. The challenge will not only hone students’ scientific skills, but inspire them about the many types of STEM careers out there, whatever their interests!”

Last year’s winning team, Arundhuti, Khandijah and Fatima from Plashet School in London, are all set to pursue STEM careers, saying:

“Before this project we didn’t know there was so much science involved in creating cosmetics. It has helped us understand that there is science to everything and we have more respect for the cosmetics industry.”

The Scrub Up on Science Challenge is designed to build young people’s interest in STEM by raising awareness of lesser-known career pathways. Schools can request a visit from a cosmetic scientist through the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, to give students a fascinating insight into the world of work in the cosmetics industry.

For more information and to enter the Scrub Up on Science Challenge, visit: www.scrubuponscience.co.uk/competition

For more information about the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, go to: www.scs.org.uk