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Environmental Engineering Oil Spill Management OS-5000-KIT

Target Grades: 7-12

Students simulate deep-ocean and beach crude oil spills as they engage in the work of an environmental engineering team using models to learn the physical and chemical properties of oil and experience how scientists approach oil spill disasters. This comprehensive kit not only teaches environmental impact, basic oil biology, micelle structures, and chemistry concepts such as hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions, but has students simulating basic oil containment and removal techniques using their own oil spill models. Includes a quantitative analysis of absorbent materials, hands on skimming and dispersant activities, and an experimental introduction to the concept of bioremediation. Students work as a team to research and systematically design an oil spill solution, use the iterative cycle to improve their solutions, and learn to argue their points of view.  Great for applying knowledge and teaching higher order thinking skills including creative thinking, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving.  Designed to accommodate 24 students working in groups of two.  Plan to spend several weeks on the unit.

Kit Contains:
Instructor Manual w/ Reproducible Student Data Sheets
Test Tubes/Stoppers
Vegetable Oil
Stopwatch
Test Tube Rack
Graduated Cylinders
Corn Syrup
Food Coloring
Empty Bottles w/ Caps
Potting Soil
Aluminum Pan
Sand
Gravel
Pipettes
Spoons
Paper Towel Strips
Tubing
Fabric (Cotton, Polyester)
Deli Container
Thermometer
Sugar Packet
Scale, Digital, 500g
Yeast Packet
Strainer
Dishwashing Liquid
Cocoa Powder
Scoop, Stainless Steel
Gloves
Nylon Stocking
Cotton Balls
Beaker
Copy Paper,Shredded
Scissors
Weigh Dish
Mixed Seashells