Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Like Oil and Water

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1 hour

SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Oceans, Water Pollution

Resource Overview

Students use the engineering design process to create and test prototypes for cleaning up oil spills and rehabilitating marine birds.

Students will be able to:
  • Research current methods of oil spill cleanup and their drawbacks.
  • Read a graduated cylinder and use data to calculate volume and percentages.
  • Use the engineering design process to explore solutions to problems associated with cleaning-up oil spills.
  • Design, build, and test prototypes of devices that would help clean-up oil spills.

Features of This Resource

  • STEM lesson has two versions – one appropriate for middle school and one for high school skill levels
  • Optional lab report template with scaffolding
  • Opportunity for finding solutions to real-world problems

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