Written by Cara J. Hayden
On a reality show broadcast last fall on public television, two teams of high school students competed to solve a science mystery. They conducted laboratory experiments in Pitt’s Department of Biological Sciences and on the Pitt Mobile Science Lab to figure out whether amoebae in the human digestive tract have tastes for specific kinds of bacteria. Judges from the department then decided which team provided the most convincing results. The show, “Science Mission 101,” was a pilot educational program that aired on WQED in Pittsburgh and has been accepted for national distribution by American Public Television.