All About STEM: Unilever ‘Bright Future’ Teacher Twilight Event
October 09th 2019

All About STEM: Unilever ‘Bright Future’ Teacher Twilight Event

On Thursday the 3rd of October, All About STEM assisted Unilever in their ‘Bright Future’ Teacher Twilight event at Port Sunlight, Wirral.

The Unilever Team welcomed over 40 teachers from across the region to an evening of discovery, exploration and innovation.

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This is the fourth year that Unilever & All About STEM have offered the Bright Future Programme to schools. Following the Teacher Twilight, all teachers are invited to bring a student team to a Bright Future event to enjoy numerous ‘hands-on’ Unilever activities that introduce them to processing, packaging, the environment and more.

After their visit, students are given three months to design their own environmentally friendly/sustainable product & present these at the Unilever Bright Future Celebration & Awards Day!

All students are encouraged to use their project work towards a CREST Award & enter their Bright Future products in The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

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“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 – Thinking like consumers with an interactive session all about consumers in China, what does the company does to understand what makes them tick

In addition to the activities above there was also the opportunity to meet Unilever staff & STEM Ambassadors, discover more from Unilever’s HR team about some of the skills employers are looking for and learn about the company’s Apprenticeships programmes.

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Schools return every year to take part in these events because they’re fun, exciting and educational, but most importantly because they’re about real experts giving young people real-life work experience and the chance to showcase their own sustainable & innovative ideas… and that can lead to a bright future for all!

Take a look at this video and find out more…

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