Oil Spill Cleanup

This hands-on activity will provide students with an understanding of the issues that surround environmental clean-up. Students will create their own oil spill, try different methods for cleaning it up, and then discuss the merits of each method in terms of effectiveness (cleanliness) and cost. They will be asked to put themselves in the place of both an environmental engineer and an oil company owner who are responsible for the clean-up.

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Sharon D. Perez-Suarez
Melissa Straten
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Janet Yowell
TeachEngineering of Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, CU Boulder
Activity takes two 45-minute classroom periods.

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