Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity

Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity
Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity
Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity
Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity
Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity
Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity
Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity
Oil Spill Inquiry STEM Activity
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This inquiry based resource is an environmental STEM activity. Students will create an environment to mimic an oil spill. This will allow students to see the effect oil has on the Earth. Students will then create an effective economical cleanup method to clean their disaster. This is a great inquiry group activity that allows students to put on their thinking cap to solve real-life problems!

Included, you will receive:

  • Notes to the Teacher
  • Student instructions sheet
  • Student activity worksheets
  • Post activity questions
  • Rubric

This activity can be modified to be used as a multi-day activity or a single day activity, choose which method will fulfill your needs.

Please note that due to the nature of the lab, it is difficult to provide an answer key as this is a student inquiry lab. Students are working together to choose different materials to use that will most effectively clean up an oil spill. However, there are some recommendations provided. A rubric is provided. A teacher and student instruction sheet are also included.

This activity aligns to NGSS 3-5-ETS1-2: Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

This activity also aligns to NGSS NGSS MS - ESS3 - 3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

Feedback from happy teachers.

  • Great activity. Kids were engaged, challenged, and empathetic to the difficulty of cleaning up environmental disasters. Thank you!
  • Bought this for my husband to use in his science class. It fits in perfectly with his TEKS.
  • This will really help with exploring man's interactions with the environment. Great product!
  • My students enjoyed this activity. Much better than just reading about oil spills. Thanks.


Check out my Environmental Education Unit by clicking here.

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Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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