Carnegie Mellon University
July 29, 2011

Photo Advisory: Young Scientists Test Water Quality At Phipps Conservatory, Aug. 1

Contact: Abby Simmons / 412-268-4290 /

Event: Aspiring scientists entering grades 4-6, armed with test tubes, laboratory equipment and safety goggles, will collect and analyze water samples at the aquatic gardens next to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens building. The Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students (C-MITES) is hosting the daylong workshop "Chemistry and Analysis of Water" to expose students to environmental research, laboratory equipment and careers in science.

Carnegie Mellon University chemistry department faculty members Karen Stump, Carolyn Neiderlander, Gizelle Sherwood and Jeannine King will teach students how to test water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and hardness. Later in the afternoon, participants will visit a campus laboratory to further discover what is living in the aquatic gardens and in water samples from their homes.

More information about this program and upcoming workshops are available at:

When: 11 a.m.-noon, Monday Aug. 1.

Where: The aquatic gardens are outside of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens building along Schenley Drive in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.