The Deepwater Horizon oil spill that took place in the Gulf of Mexico during 2010 caused both environmental and economic impacts that will last for years. Introduce students to the technologies and terminology that have become part of the media coverage and our everyday language: skimming, absorbents, dispersants, separation and biological agents.
This lab provides a series of activities and design challenges focused on environmental cleanups resulting from oil spillage. Students will conduct a variety of experiments using the above techniques, use actual oil spill remediation processes, make observations, gather data and make decisions regarding the appropriateness of each process. Students will then use this information to help design their own cleanup remediation materials and processes.
Lab includes oil absorbent matting material, biological oil absorbing materials, absorbing powder, dispersants, instructions and much more. Each kit provides enough materials for a class of 20 students.