Innospec is proud to have supported the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) in launching three new classroom activities to promote science and technology to the next generation and encourage pupils to feel inspired and motivated towards a future career in such areas.

Innospec’s Performance Chemicals technical and commercial teams have recently supported the CIEC in developing downloadable science based lesson resources for primary schools across the UK. Innospec also donated samples and equipment for pupils to use in interactive tasks to help promote hands on practical science activities and ensure they are accessible to all children.

The lessons focused on sustainability issues that can arise within the beauty and personal care industry and the energy, water, plastic and packaging benefits environmentally conscious products can have. Pupils enjoyed practical tasks to explore the difference in liquid and solid soap and shampoo use, and the implications of their transportation and packaging. While the aim was to encourage children to engage with, and become excited to learn about, science, these tasks also promoted the increasingly important message of making sustainable choices in everyday life.

Following a successful trial period, piloted across schools in the Northwest, these three downloadable activities will now be accessible for schools around the UK. Teachers feedback from the trial period included:

  • “The packaging and the use of solid soap was a real eye opener. [Children] loved using chalk to represent this.”
  • “The children really enjoyed how hands on this lesson was and we were able to use cross curricular links…”
  • “Success- children loved learning about the pros and cons of the different soaps and challenging misconceptions”
  • “[The children] really enjoyed the activities…this was perfect for them”