We depend heavily on oil for energy, manufacturing, and transportation. But when this natural resource pollutes our oceans, seashores, or wetlands, it can have a devastating effect on the environment.
Our oil spill lesson allowed us to learn more about petroleum (also known as crude oil) including: where it comes from, how it is made, and what we use it for. We investigated what happens when humans cause an oil spill and why oil spills can be earth-altering accidents that kill animals, destroy habitats, and damage ecosystems. During the activity, students acted as environmental engineers, and learned a variety of techniques that are used to clean up an oil spill. They may have used booms, absorbents, vacuums, skimmers, and/or dispersants. Ask your child about their oil clean up efforts!
We return to the Wood School on 12/21 for a Mars Engineering Challenge!