Spotlight on Ninth Grade, Southeast Region, First Place Team: Chocolate Addiction

Four ninth graders from Seminole Ridge High School in Loxahatchee, Fla., received a first-place award in this year’s national eCYBERMISSION competition. With this award, each team member will receive a $3,000.00 U.S. EE Savings Bond, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army and an expenses-paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event in Baltimore, Md., in June to present their final projects.

The “chocolate addiction” team, comprised of students Rosemary Murray, Megan Crumb, Melanie Bean and Berenice Cortez, and led by Team Advisor Karensa Wright, was recognized by judges for its investigation into the damage that makeup can cause to the skin when it has been exposed to certain independent variables, such as heat or water.

The “chocolate addition” team experimented with makeup and whether or not it grows bacteria after a certain amount of time. For example, mascara expires after three to six months, moisturizers expire after three to 12 months; eyeliner and powders expire after two years; lipstick expires after 18 months; and foundation expires after 12 to 18 months. Many chemicals in makeup cause skin irritation, breakouts and premature aging. The team also investigated how bacteria grows on cheap and more expensive makeup over time when exposed to water or heat. They found that the more expensive makeup grew less bacteria, but no matter what kind of makeup is used, it was important to keep all makeup in sanitary conditions. They also found the more expensive makeup proved to be better for skin and less damaging.

In the future, the team would like to research different types of bacteria more thoroughly. The team will identify the kind of bacteria that grows on the makeup and conduct experiments to determine if there are types of makeup that are immune to bacteria.

To view a full list of the 2009-2010 eCYBERMISSION regional winning teams, click here.


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