Cleaning up an Oil Spill!

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! Try this activity from NOAA for an extension: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/stories/oilymess/working_intro.html

Derrame de Petróleo

Dependemos en gran medida del petróleo para la producción energética, industrial y para el transporte. Pero, puede recurso natural producir efectos devastadores en nuestro medio ambiente cuando contamina océanos, costas y humedales. Nuestra lección sobre derrames de petróleo nos permitió aprender más sobre el petróleo (también conocido como petróleo crudo), incluyendo: de dónde viene, cómo se fabrica y para qué lo usamos. Investigamos qué sucede cuando los humanos causan un derrame de petróleo y por qué los derrames de petróleo pueden ser accidentes que alteran la tierra y matan a los animales, destruyen hábitats y dañan los ecosistemas. Durante la actividad, los estudiantes actuaron como ingenieros ambientales y aprendieron una variedad de técnicas que se utilizan para limpiar un derrame de petróleo. Es posible que hayan usado barreras, absorbentes, aspiradoras, espumaderas y / o dispersantes. ¡Pregúntele a su hijo sobre sus esfuerzos para limpiar el aceite! Pruebe esta actividad de la NOAA para obtener una extensión: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/stories/oilymess/working_intro.html Translated with Google Translate

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Dr. Catherine Sukow

Dr. Sukow's interest in science education began when she was a teenager, with an extended visit to San Francisco's Exploratorium. In college, she had summer jobs in a similar, smaller, museum. She focused her Master's research at NCSU on the structure of metal silicides on silicon, and her Ph. D. work at Brandeis on the structure of crossbridged actin bundles. While volunteering in her childrens' schools, she was reminded how much fun it is to teach science, and is happy to be teaching now with Science from Scientists. In her spare time, she also enjoys yoga, choral and solo singing, and attempting a variety of international cuisines.

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