Middle School Students Test Shampoo at Departmental Outreach Event-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Middle School Students Test Shampoo at Departmental Outreach Event

On Saturday, May 9th, the Department of Biological Sciences welcomed the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Community Activity Center (MACAC)’s mentoring groups to the Mellon Institute for a day of fun and learning with science.

MACAC’s mentoring groups analyzed the ability of numerous shampoos to effectively clean hair. The shampoos ranged from expensive salon formulas to cheaper bargain brands. Some of the tests conducted included determining the pH level of the shampoo, foam formation, percent solids, foam retention and viscosity. Then, the group along with the event supervisors, Drs. Maggie Braun and Peter Berget, completed a cost/benefit analysis of all the shampoos. In the end, they determined that Pantene Pro V was the best value.

Besides Braun and Berget, many undergraduates assisted with the outreach event, including Natalie Straight, Chandana Batchu, Cary Douglass, David Sau, Michelle Stewart, Lilly Chen, Lena Yoo, Elizabeth Young, Yang Liu, Rohit Ramnath, Jonah Klein and Steve Reilly.

MACAC’s mentoring groups work to enhance academic achievement and social skills among sixth through eighth grade students.

This outreach event was sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)’s Undergraduate Science Education Program and an HHMI Science Education Grant.

Click to view more photographs from the outreach event.