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All About STEM: Unilever Bright Future Teacher Twilight Event
The Unilever Team welcomed teachers from across the region who were keen to find out more about the Bright Future programme.
Bright Future schools enjoy numerous ‘hands-on’ Unilever activities at Port Sunlight which introduce them to processing, packaging, the environment and more. Following their visit, students are given three months to design their own environmentally friendly/sustainable product. The programme culminates with an exciting and inspirational awards event to celebrate the student’s work.
“We believe there has never been a better time to create a better future for our children; a world where everyone has enough food to eat and no child goes to bed hungry. Where every child lives to their fifth birthday and has the right to a happy childhood. Where every home has enough water to drink and to wash, cook and clean and where everybody can enjoy life today while protecting the planet for future generations.
Unilever Bright Future is a platform that helps unite and amplify the efforts of a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably. Who recognise we can only achieve this if we all work together to do small actions every day that make a real difference and who inspire others to join us in making this the way everyone chooses to live.” [Unilever]
During the tour, teachers were introduced to five key areas of work taking place on site, through a series of interactive demonstrations and presentations:
- Packaging – A look at the company’s packaging changes & materials from around the world to meet different needs
- Formulation – A chance to see surfactant chemistry in action and how formulations can be altered and changed to meet different needs
- Processing – A tour of the hair pilot plant to see how chemical engineers get lab scale ready for factory scale
- Digital R&D – How advancements in IT technology aid scientists to design winning products
- Consumer – Interactive session – what does the company do to understand consumers?
In addition to the activities above there was also the opportunity to learn more from Unilever’s HR team about some of the skills employers are looking for, as well as getting some more information about the company’s apprenticeships programmes.
All About STEM Managing Director Michelle Dow said, “As both All About STEM and the team behind The Big Bang North West, our mission is to facilitate events across the region that inspire STEM and engage students. We are so proud to support the Bright Future Programme again and see so many young people learning about sustainability, product design and development and the amazing STEM careers available with Unilever.”
“A big thank you to Unilever for their support, along with the Bright Future Programme they were a huge part of The Big Bang North West in 2017 & 2018 and will be returning in 2019. They truly are a company dedicated to promoting STEM and we are happy to collaborate with them to encourage that, along with a better, sustainable future.”
All About STEM support schools, businesses and organisations. Events such as this offer fantastic opportunities for students and inspiration for teachers. We can assist businesses in making important connections and tailor their outreach to promote careers to students. Contact us to find out more…
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