Materials List: Small-Scale Modeling of Oil Spill Cleanup Methods

Each group needs:

  • 1 aluminum pie pan
  • 1 large stone that fills ~20% of the pie pan; ask students to bring from home during the two weeks leading up to class
  • 2 bird feathers, available from hobby shops
  • 1 plastic spoon, for skimming oil from the pie pan
  • 1 small graduated cylinder, ~20 ml, for placing spoonfuls of skimmed oil/water
  • 1 small funnel, for adding skimmed oil/water to test tubes
  • 4 oil absorbing cloth pads, for absorbing oil; either cut a big sheet into smaller squares or use cotton balls/pads
  • 1 small squeeze bottle of "grease-fighting" dishwashing detergent labeled "dispersant", such as Dawn®
  • Oil Spill Worksheet, one per student

For the entire class to share:

  • pitchers/jugs of water
  • ~100 ml dark vegetable oil in a plastic squeeze bottle; if necessary, oil can be dyed with liquid food coloring
  • plenty of paper towels
  • 1 large garbage bag, for cleanup