MANUFACTURING PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS - Fall Semester
Lessons: 5 lessons per semester / 3-4 hours per lesson
FALL Day/Time: 2nd Sat of each month, 1pm-3/4pm (Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec/Jan)
Fall Beginning Date - September 11, 2021
Ages: Grades 7 and up,
Description: Since making a batch of a formula takes 3 to 4 hours we will do 1 monthly session on the second Saturday of each month, beginning in September for 1st semester and February for 2nd semester. The first session we will discuss what we are going to be doing and the participants will become familiar with the equipment they will be using. We will also discuss PPE which is short for Personal Protection Equipment. Parents please note that we will be using a hot plate and heating solutions up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. In four of the sessions we will actually be making a formula which will include shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and hand lotion. Each participant will get to take a share of the formula they make home to actually use. The students will divide up into teams of 3 or 4 since there will be limited sets of equipment and also it will be beneficial if the students work together to figure things out. During periods of time when we are waiting for things to heat up or cool down we will discuss what is happening in the beaker which will help the students understand the reason for the different parts of the procedure.
Please note that this class is for 7th grade and older. Exceptions may be considered for students younger, only if an older sibling is participating, but Parents will need to stay and play an active role in facilitating the younger aged student. Parents are welcome to stay. If you stay, and your student is in grades 7 and older, your role will be that of an observer and helpful aid. Adults are welcome to enroll in the course as well.
Information on the Instructor: Walter Bliss
I attended Concord High School in Elkhart, IN, class of 1979, where I took college prep courses and was especially interested in biology and chemistry. I attended Taylor University where I obtained a bachelors teaching degree BSSED. My major was biology and my supporting area was chemistry. I also have a coaching endorsement in Track & Field. My accomplishments in Cross Country and Track & Field included many track and school records in both college and high school. The one record I currently still hold is Concord's 1600 meter record in 4:19.6.
After college I decided to go into private industry instead of teaching. I spent 24 years developing Immunodiagnostic tests all the while improving my knowledge and skills as well as my company's product line. You can actually see some of my work at the following link. The full paper is free. I did all of the lab experiments, crunched all the data and developed all the tables on the computer. I let a few guys with PhD's help me write the paper. We collaborated. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18944541. A little over 2 years ago I made a career change and took a position as a Personal Care Chemist/ Laboratory Manager at Maverick Packaging Inc. You will never see my company's name since everything we do is contract manufacturing, however you have most likely stayed at hotels that used our amenities.
I have decided to do some teaching and see if I can inspire a new crop of young students to experience diverse ways of using science as a career. They will have hands-on experience with the art of making shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotions. They will also have a field trip to visit my company and see the equipment used to make batches as large as 2500 gallons.