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content provider: the Dragonfly TV
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This 5-minute Flash video from Dragonfly TV features two middle school students who experiment to develop the best lip gloss. After they each create an initial batch using different quantities of the same ingredients, the students modify their "recipes" to alter characteristics, including hardness, color, and shine. They then test-market their formulations. Based on the results, they determine whose formulation is preferable. Also included are discussion questions and background information on the design process used in cosmetic manufacturing.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
General Physics
- Properties of Matter
Other Sciences
- Chemistry
- Middle School
- Elementary School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Demonstration
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Parent/Guardians
- Educators
- application/flash
- image/gif
- text/html
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© 2007 Dragonfly TV and Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
PBS, active learning, characteristics of matter, constructivist learning, experimentation, materials, materials science, middle school experiment, properties of materials, science videos, scientific method, scientific process, video, video clip
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Metadata instance created June 23, 2011 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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when Cataloged:
December 30, 2007
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4D. The Structure of Matter
  • 6-8: 4D/M10. A substance has characteristic properties such as density, a boiling point, and solubility, all of which are independent of the amount of the substance and can be used to identify it.
  • 6-8: 4D/M11. Substances react chemically in characteristic ways with other substances to form new substances with different characteristic properties.

8. The Designed World

8B. Materials and Manufacturing
  • 6-8: 8B/M1. The choice of materials for a job depends on their properties.
  • 6-8: 8B/M2. Manufacturing usually involves a series of steps, such as designing a product, obtaining and preparing raw materials, processing the materials mechanically or chemically, and assembling the product. All steps may occur at a single location or may occur at different locations.
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PBS LearningMedia: The Chemistry of Makeup, (WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, 2007), <>.
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PBS LearningMedia: The Chemistry of Makeup. (2007, December 30). Retrieved June 25, 2018, from WGBH Educational Foundation:
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Dragonfly TV, and National Science Foundation. PBS LearningMedia: The Chemistry of Makeup. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, December 30, 2007. (accessed 25 June 2018).
MLA Format
PBS LearningMedia: The Chemistry of Makeup. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, 2007. 30 Dec. 2007. Dragonfly TV, and National Science Foundation. 25 June 2018 <>.
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