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Shampoo Test—Student Laboratory Kits

By: The Flinn Staff

With the Shampoo Test Consumer Chemistry Laboratory Kit, students learn about hair and the functionality of cleaning ingredients in shampoo. Students gain a valuable learning experience as they test five commercial shampoos.

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What makes your hair shine? Do some shampoos really clean better than others? With this kit, students have a change to learn about hair and the function of shampoo ingredients in cleaning the hair. Students gain a valuable learning experience as they test five commercial shampoos provided in the kit. Students will determine the pH, foaming ability, grease-cutting ability and percent solids of the shampoos. Students then evaluate results and use background information to draw conclusions about each shampoo’s effectiveness. Detailed Teacher Notes provide background information, sample data and helpful tips. Reproducible student handouts and all necessary chemicals are provided.

Complete for 24 students working in pairs. Super Value Kit is complete for 5 classes of 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence
Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
HS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
HS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
HS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
HS-PS2-6: Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.