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Scrub Up On Science Competition Final



For the second Scrub Up On Science (SUOS) competition final we moved to the stimulating setting of Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. The standard of entries was excellent and this year we had 7 finalist school teams who gathered to recreate their bath bomb and bubble bath products on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

picture of SUOS finalists 2016

It was a great day with some amazing creations. “The level of science demonstrated this year was even higher than last year,” says Robin Parker, the former SCS President behind the idea for SUOS. We also added a new rule this year requiring teams to prove or disprove their own hypothesis. The 7 finalists had to perform their live experiments under the watchful eyes of the judges while also explaining their thinking behind them. “Considering the ages of the contestants we had some amazing ideas, full of creativity as well as interesting science,” adds Robin.

SUOS winners 2016So huge congratulations to this year’s competition winners – Neve, Morven and Giuliano from Trinity High School. Their bath bomb entry was called Confizzled: The creative, colourful and totally confused fruity bath bombs! And their hypothesis: ‘We predict as we decrease the particle size of the reacting bath bomb, the time taken to fully react will decrease’.

Cosmetic scientist judges Robin Parker, Steve Barton, Ruth Borner, Barbara Brockway, Sam Farmer, Laura Kirkbride and Jackie Searle were certainly impressed. In fact the winning team was also a runner up at last year’s final and it was great to see them competing again, underlining just how engaging SUOS really is.

The feedback again from the teachers that attended was wonderful to hear and it makes us all realise how worthwhile this project is. One teacher commented: ‘They were ‘buzzing' at the end of the day and one of them asked me at least six times if they could do the competition again next year!’ Robin adds: “One of the contestants actually said to us ‘I had no idea cosmetics contained this much science and I'd love to do this as a job’. She's instantly become our poster girl for SUOS!”  

A BIG THANK YOU TO … Boots, Bulldog, The Body Shop, L'Oréal & Oriflame … for sponsoring goody bag gifts for our finalists.

The SCS is still looking for VOLUNTEERS to visit schools when term starts again in September so visit for a reminder about this initiative and contact for more information about volunteering. Also contact to find out more about SUOS SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.

The SUOS competition has again shown what a difference the Society can make and it will be running again in 2017.


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