Schools from across the UK exhibited their science and engineering projects to MPs and some of the UK’s leading STEM companies at The Big Bang at Parliament on 26 April.
Liverpool Life Sciences UTC showcased its science project called ‘BG Shampoo’ which they entered into The Big Bang Competition 2021.
Their project combines themes of climate change, health and medicine and sustainability. ‘BG Shampoo’ stemmed from the idea of limiting single-use plastic packaging on shampoo and conditioner products.
The students behind this project wanted people to be able to take a shower at an accessible and affordable price, without worrying about harming the earth. They introduced a loop system which means that once the products run out, the consumer can order a contactless delivery for the product to be collected and replaced, reusing the old shampoo container.
Before entering The Big Bang Competition, the students at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC had entered last year’s Unilever competition hoping to make the earth more plastic and waste-free.
They had come up with the idea to create sodium alginate soap containers, inspired by the situation in lower income countries where it is more financially viable to purchase sachets of shampoo. The student team won second place in the competition and are now planning to expand their product further by creating a range of personal hygiene products.
Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, which organises The Big Bang Competition said, “The Big Bang helps engage young people with STEM and the projects on show at today’s Big Bang at Parliament display the very best of their ingenuity in using science and engineering to benefit society. T
“he Big Bang Competition highlights how talented the UK’s young scientists and engineers are and we’re really proud to host their work at the Houses of Parliament.”
Image: Students from Liverpool Life Sciences UTC