Entry is still open for the fourth PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge, which was initiated in 2013 by the PZ Cussons Foundation to stimulate, inspire and reward the study of science and chemistry among senior secondary school students. This edition is powered by Premier Cool and Nunu Milk.
According to the organisers, interested public and private secondary schools can log on to www.pzchemistrychallenge.com to register their representatives which must include a female student. Forms are also available at the Lagos State Ministry of Education.
The competition, designed to bring out the best in every participant and their teachers will be in four stages: The first stage is a multiple choice question (MCQ) stage where all registered candidates with duly attested docket and/or forms seat for the exam across five centres in Lagos. Successful candidates will be contacted through SMS and emails.
100 participants with the best results will move to stage two to compete in another round of MCQ test. A total of 24 participants with the best results will move to stage three to compete in another round of practical test only.
The third stage (practical stage) will be strictly practical for the best 24 candidates from the second stage. Only the best six from the third stage will qualify for the final stage.
The top six students from stage three will be invited to participate in the final stage; they will compete live on stage quiz style. The finalist with the highest overall score becomes the overall PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge Champion for 2016/2017
Only four out of the six will be rewarded. The 24 students from stage three will also be invited to be part of the audience for the final stage competition with the incentive to win a range of prizes
The winner of PZCCC 2016/2017 will be announced at an award ceremony to be held on the same day and venue as the finals
Only those who understand Chemistry as a discipline and how it relates to the real world will stand a chance to be crowned the PZCCC 2016/ 2017 Champion. Competition is open to all students in senior secondary two (SS2) only, three students per school from Lagos with at least a female representative from each mix school. Entry is free.
Online forms will be available for registration and each form must be signed by the school principal/proprietor. Entry closes last week of February 2017.
The first prize will be a trophy and gold medal, N700,000, laptop, N100,000 for the teacher and N100,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school. Second place prize: N450,000, laptop, N80,000 for the teacher and N80,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school.
The third place prize is N350,000, laptop, N70,000 for the teacher and N70,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school. While the fourth place winner will go home with N250,000, laptop, N60,000 for the teacher and N60,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school.