ANN ARBOR, Mich. — More than 30 scientists and technical experts from NSF International, a global public health and safety organization based in Ann Arbor, will participate in Maker Faire Detroit July 27-28, 2013 along with hundreds of other innovators.  The two-day, family-friendly event at The Henry Ford in Dearborn features hundreds of interactive booths and activities celebrating technology, innovation, science, engineering, arts and sustainability.

Microbiologists, chemists, toxicologists and engineers from NSF International will lead hands-on laboratory experiments to help kids learn more about science and engineering careers and how they can become leaders in protecting public health and the environment.

NSF International demonstrations will explore polymers, where small chemicals are used as building blocks to make long chains, creating the polymer.

  • Kids will conduct experiments to create elephant toothpaste foam using dish soap, yeast and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Kids will learn where microorganisms are found, highlighting the importance of proper hand washing and cleaning.
  • Other experiments will focus on recycling and biodegradation, processes which help protect the environment.

“At NSF International, we work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) every day, and we are excited to share our scientific expertise and help teach and inspire the next generation of scientists at this year’s Maker Faire Detroit.  The experiments we have chosen such as making polymers will allow kids to learn about scientific properties first hand, which we hope will encourage kids to get involved in STEM,” said Kurt Kneen, Ph.D., Vice President of NSF International’s Global Laboratories.

NSF International’s scientists and engineers test and certify a wide range of products from dietary supplements, kitchen appliances and water filters to medical devices and automotive parts.  NSF’s Ann Arbor headquarters houses unique and innovative custom labs, including the world’s largest drinking water treatment lab, and NSF’s Applied Research Center, which conducts scientific research and testing for universities, government and the private sector, all of which is geared toward protecting public health and the environment.

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Editor’s note: If you would like to set up an interview with an NSF International scientific expert, email Greta Houlahan at or call 734-913-5723.

About NSF International: NSF International ( has been testing and certifying products for safety, health and the environment for nearly 70 years. As an independent public health and safety organization, NSF is committed to protecting and improving human health on a global scale. NSF tests and certifies thousands of products each year, from water treatment systems, plumbing fixtures and commercial food equipment, to kitchen products and appliances, personal care products, dietary and sport supplements, bottled water, pool and spa equipment, and many other products. Look for the NSF mark on these products. NSF International has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments.

NSF International’s Applied Research Center (ARC) provides original research and custom R&D services for the water, food, pharma, consumer products and sustainability industries. ARC establishes strategic partnerships with academia, industry and regulatory bodies for research and development projects geared to furthering public health. ARC’s team of scientists, technical experts and public health professionals performs confidential research and development analysis in chemistry, microbiology and toxicology and tests and verifies manufacturer and environmental claims to efficiently and economically improve product marketability.