Oil Spill. Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science Fall 2013 Training Presentation. Important!!!. Please use this resource to reinforce your understanding of the lesson! Make sure you have read and understand the entire lesson prior to picking up the kit!
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Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science
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Mechanical Skimming and Booms
Examples of sorbents include natural materials like straw, hair, vermiculite, or manmade ones such absorbent powder or absorbent maps.
Tell students that these will be the 3 methods they will be investigating. Other options, not being investigated today, include:
Tell the students to examine the materials list on the observation sheet, and discuss which items should be the best at soaking up the oil on the water from the model environment. VSVS members should write the ideas on the board.
Look at the descriptions in the lesson.
The students should work in groups of 2-3 members so that very student in a group will experiment with one of the methods per category. Students will pool their results on a group observation sheet so they can report the final results to the class.
There are 2 different materials to be tested.
If necessary, empty water/oil from plastic containers. Add fresh water, green food coloring and oil. The students may keep the string, popsicle stick and tweezers to use again.
Give students the 3rd plastic bag containing manmade absorbents.
Show students how to:
Remove the material plus any oil it has absorbed with tweezers, spoon…students choice.
Score the materials, using the rubric provided.
Add a few drop of the mineral oil to the water.