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Surfactant Superheroes

Grade level: Ages 5-10

Big idea

In the film Superhuman Body, scientist Dr. Carl June develops new ways to help immune systems fight cancer.

Activity overview

Explore how soap works by getting your hands dirty with items that can be found in a kitchen.  Compare using soap and water to hand sanitizer and how they work differently to eliminate germs.  Discuss how washing our hands helps our immune systems.

Videos in this lesson


  • Oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Hand Soap
  • Water