The day marked the inaugural Great ICIS Chemical Hunt, a competition aimed at school children and students to raise awareness about the importance of chemical products in our everyday lives.
Split into two teams and armed with questions and a camera, it was a race against time to find selected items and regroup a few hours later with photographic proof.
A total of 24 chemicals and clues were listed, ranging from shoe polish (acrylic acid) and suntan lotion (titanium dioxide [TiO2]) to different examples of tattoos (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene [ABS] is used in the ink).
The competitive nature of the hunt spilled onto the Dorking streets and rubbed off on shopkeepers and pedestrians who helped the team track down the last remaining products.
The challenge threw up more than a few surprises and even our team had trouble answering some of the questions.
The scavenger hunt concept will be rolled out to schools and students as part of the ICIS Chemical Business Education and Recruitment Campaign, which officially launches on September 14.
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