The PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC) competition has commenced registration for its fifth edition. The competition, an initiative of the PZ Cussons Foundation and supported by some of its premium brands, Premier and Nunu Milk, is designed to promote the study of chemistry through open competition among public and private secondary schools in Lagos.
Since its inception in 2013 the competition has grown from barely over 800 participants to 3,000 in 2017 being its most successful edition.
In a statement, the Executive Director for Brand Development and Activation, Christos Giouras said the continuous increase in the number of participants each year is a testament to the fact that the objectives of the competition are being achieved.
â€œOur main objective with the PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge is to stimulate and inspire the learning of chemistry among students and raise their IQ, while demonstrating the relevance of chemistry in our society. To see how the competition has grown over the years is very inspiring, and we are indeed pleased to be kicking off the fifth season. As part of our growth process we have increased the stakes this year, the overall winner will receive a prize money of N1 million among other prizes for the schools; the teachers arenâ€™t left out as well,â€ he said.
The competition is divided into four stages and is tasking, as it has been designed to challenge the IQ of contestants; the general tests, practical tests and then the live quiz. Only successful contestants from each of the stages progress and eventually the best six will battle it out at the final to produce the PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge Champion for 2018.
According to the company, the top three winners will receive â€œa trophy, a medal and N1 million, N750,000, and N500,000 respectively. Additional prizes include laboratory equipment for the schools and teachers who come tops in the teachersâ€™ aptitude test segment.
Schools in Lagos are advised to take advantage of the platform to also encourage the study of science, particularly chemistry thereby inspiring the junior ones to pick interest in the study of Chemistry across all secondary schools. Interested students and schools are required to register online at www.pzchemistrychallenge.com. Entry closes on Friday, March 16, 2018. Science enthusiasts and the public can also take part in the online chemistry challenge and stand the chance to also win exciting prizes.