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AP Chemistry Students create and market products to reduce malaria
Posted 04/12/2018 06:00AM
Our BMHS AP Chemistry class is working on a formula for soap to provide protection against insects

Bishop McNamara High School Advanced Placement Chemistry Course has had the opportunity to develop young entrepreneurs with the help of the Real World Scholars program. Using a grant of $1000 issued by EdCorps, AP Instructor Gerald Smith has had the chance to educate students about building a business.

For about two months the students, with guidance from Mr. Smith, worked together to come up with a product that they could sell which also incorporated chemistry concepts.  With the help of Academic Dean, Mr. Charles Shryock, and his introduction to the UN Sustainability goals, Mr. Smith and his students developed their soap business: World Trans4m, where they created beauty soaps that also act as insect repellents.  Each product is natural and made by the students using chemistry to develop a world changing product.  The soap that they create and sell will provide funding for a number of programs and organizations chosen by the students to help alleviate many tropical diseases caused by mosquitoes and other disease carrying insects.  The company launched on March 1st.

Our BMHS AP Chemistry class is working on a formula for soap to provide protection against insectsSenior AP Chemistry student Arinze Okeke wrote about the company,"World Trans4m is a student run, health and well-being oriented company. The sole purpose of this company is to significantly reduce the amount of malaria outbreaks by the year 2030. This goal is inspired by the the United Nations Global Sustainable Goals. This goal will be accomplished by utilizing knowledge in chemistry to utilize natural resources in creating various products to defend against malaria carrying mosquito. These products include, but are not limited to soap, lotion, and a spray."

We will keep you updated on the progress of the company. Congratulations to our AP Chemistry students on their worthwhile venture.

Images courtesy of AP Chemistry student, Michelle Cabotaje '18. Enjoy the slideshow below or at this link -

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