This inquiry-based lesson has students answering the question, “What is the best laundry detergent for removing protein stains?” The lesson focuses on the benefits of enzymes in laundry detergents and has students compare different brands of laundry detergent. The protein stain is simulated using sugar free gelatin.
Students are given the task:
You are a member of a team of researchers and work for a company that publishes a magazine recommending the best consumer products. Your team has been assigned to research various laundry detergents. The results of your experimentation will be written in next month’s magazine issue in an article about the best laundry detergent to remove protein stains.
Suitable for middle school life science or high school biology classes.