Your industry news - first Number 1 for Recruitment
We strongly recommend viewing Cleanzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
ACI unveils 'Exploration Clean': Teaching the chemistry behind cleaning
The American Cleaning Institute has launched 'Exploration Clean', an online experience aimed at teaching middle-school students the science and chemistry behind cleaning.
This is the first step in creating a platform containing educational modules for children describing the science and engineering that goes into cleaning products, and extends ACI's efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which originated with 2016's 'The Science of Soap' exhibit and online education materials.
"ACI's goal in STEM education is to build scientific capacity for the future of the cleaning products industry," says Melissa Grande, ACI associate director, sustainability initiatives. "We want to provide students with access to information that might drive them to explore innovative, interesting careers when they're ready to enter the workforce."
Exploration Clean, which was unveiled at the 2018 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention - the global business-to-business conference for the cleaning product supply chain - engages students by introducing them to the basics of soap, detergent and cleaning product chemistry. The site also talks about the ingredients in cleaning products and the benefits these products provide to everyday living.
Darci Ferrer, ACI senior manager, environmental sciences, explains: "Science is often misunderstood and perceived as dry and unattainable for many, but it is imperative for future innovation and the sustainability of the cleaning products industry.
"By engaging with students at a young age, it may be possible to break these preconceived notions about science before they are formed and introduce students to the possibilities science education can bring."
ACI will once again be participating in the USA Science & Engineering Festival, scheduled for 6th - 8th April, 2018 in Washington, D.C. ACI's exhibit will feature a hands-on activity aimed at showing the science behind cleaning products and their ingredients. The booth will introduce participants to many of the concepts in Exploration Clean.
1st February 2018