All About STEM is overjoyed to announce that the Unilever Bright Future 2021 winner is Bishop Heber High School!
Congratulations to Bishop Heber for its phenomenal planet-friendly project that focused on wellbeing. A huge well done also to Liverpool Life Sciences UTC for coming second place and Range High School for coming third place.
In 2020, All About STEM invited schools to take part in the Unilever Bright Future Programme hosted by Unilever Port Sunlight.
Schools from across the region took part in activities that introduced them to processing, packaging, the environment and more. Following this, students had the opportunity to design their own environmentally friendly/sustainable product over a three-month period and then present their ideas to Unilever experts!
This year, due to the impact of COVID-19, All About STEM and Unilever could not host its annual Celebration and Assessment Day at Hulme Hall in March, although this did not deter the resilient teams from completing their projects. Instead, during the week commencing the 15 of March 2021, entrants virtually presented their projects to Unilever’s judges via Zoom.
The winning product ‘Positively Perfect Palms’ was created by Phoebe, Joseph, Edward, Austin and Anna from Bishop Heber High School.
Team ‘UniHeber’ wanted to create a product that you would use in your everyday life and with the pandemic, we are washing our hands more than ever. They decided to focus on the well-being project and thought about ways in which we could incorporate positivity into our everyday lives.
They designed a soap bar ‘Positively Perfect Palms’ that would reveal different positive messages as it was used. They focused on using materials and formulations that would be good for the environment so that it would benefit more than just the user, scents and colours that would be calming and included a QR code in the packaging that would link to calming music and meditation tutorials.
They collected data from their peers when making decisions and created a social media platform and website to advertise their product, as well as thinking about costs, transport, logos and slogans.
Speaking about the competition, a spokesperson from Unilever said: “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 in making this the way everyone chooses to live.”
Michelle Dow, managing director of All About STEM, added: “As All About STEM, 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.”
Every year, the organisations are astounded by the quality of projects but this year more than any other, they would like to commend all entrants on their resilience and dedication – a truly phenomenal effort.