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Learn about the effects of an oil spill on the environment through a hands-on engineering challenge! The goal of this challenge is to clean up all of the oil from the feathers and from the water in the time provided. Students will work in teams to devise a plan to get the oil spill cleaned up in a specified time of work.
This activity is adaptable for 2nd - 9th graders. Math extension problems (in both SI and metric units) target 5th - 8th grade topics including measurement, percentages, volume calculations, and ratios. Through the activity, students will understand the challenges of cleaning a major oil spill disaster and will lead to discussions on the affects on marine plants and animals. This is great for for an Earth Day activity!
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About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stage of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own balloon rocket device.
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