About Children Challenging Industry
In 1994 a MORI poll indicating that public perception of the chemical industry remained at a low level, inspired an industrialist to action. Tom Swan, of the chemical company Thomas Swan & Company Ltd, invited the CIEC to initiate a project that would tackle this public perception by working with young children. The prject, Children Challenging Industry, started in 1996.
A combination of classroom-based training and liaison with local companies enables children to see how science is used in 'real-life' contexts. Today the project is still running successfully in regions across the North of England. Find out more in the Update Newsletter (opens in new window/tab).
CCI for Primary Schools
Teachers benefit enormously from taking part. Constant liaison with a dedicated CCI advisory teacher and tailored visits to industry provide the support that out-of-school training cannot rival.
Children love the opportunity to do something completely different, and the experiments help to develop their range of investigative skills.
CCI for Industry
Many companies host site visits every year. They particularly value the training and experience of the advisory teachers, who are able to help the company plan and conduct a stimulating, memorable and safe tour for primary children.