The Girls, Math & Science Partnership (GMSP), a program of Carnegie Science Center, is inviting girls ages 11-17 to “make sense of their makeup” through a design contest that highlights the need for safe, non-toxic cosmetic products.
Girls have until March 15, 2008, to enter, and the winning design will be used on letterhead to be sent to major cosmetics companies, asking them to assure that their products are free of carcinogens, toxins and irritants by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
Girls can enter the contest by logging on to the GMSP's website www.BrainCake.org, where they'll find an application form and contest rules. Applicants are welcome to submit a “safe for teens” label that will draw attention to the public policies that are – and aren't – in place regulating products teens use daily.
Entries from the top finalists in the contest will be posted on Braincake.org so that all girls can vote on their favorite design. The winning artist will receive a $250 scholarship and other prizes.
“We've already had an enormous amount of interest in the contest – and in the issue of safe cosmetics – from girls across the nation,” said Jennifer Stancil, executive director of the Girls, Math & Science Partnership.