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Chemicals are everywhere

Take a 360 virtual tour of a flat to see how chemical engineering influences everyday life.

Chemical engineering has a big influence on your life. The food you eat for breakfast, the shampoo you use to wash your hair and the fuel you put in your car all require the skills of a chemical engineer to convert the raw materials into the products you use.

A cleaning cloth, rubber gloves and cleaning spray in a bucket.In this exercise, you will take a 360-degree virtual tour of a flat and discover the role a chemical engineer plays in the production of items you are likely to use every day. When you have completed the exercise, return to the step and consider the discussion questions below. The exercise is fully accessible.

You may find it useful to listen back to Richard Bourne and Kevin Roberts talking about chemical engineers and everyday products in the podcast on the previous step at 00:33 – 01:15.

Launch exercise

What do you think? 

  • What other products in your life will chemical engineers have been involved in the development of?
  • What do you think about the sustainable products available?
Share your thoughts with other learners in the Comments section.
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Chemical Engineering: Shaping a Sustainable Future

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