Oil Spill STEM Challenge

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Oil Spill STEM Challenge

5.25

Subjects: Physical Science, Applied Math, Measurements, Geometry

Grades: 2nd - 9th 

Resource Type: Stage 1,

Teaching Duration: 50 minutes

Total Pages: 32

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Product Description

Learn about the effects of an oil spill on the environment through a hands-on engineering challenge! The goal of this challenge is to clean up all of the oil from the feathers and from the water in the time provided. Students will work in teams to devise a plan to get the oil spill cleaned up in a specified time of work.

This activity is adaptable for 2nd - 9th graders. Math extension problems (in both SI and metric units) target 5th - 8th grade topics including measurement, percentages, volume calculations, and ratios. Through the activity, students will understand the challenges of cleaning a major oil spill disaster and will lead to discussions on the affects on marine plants and animals. This is great for for an Earth Day activity!

Included in this product

  • Standards: Common Core Math and NGSS

  • Engineering Design Process poster

  • Oil Spill Lesson Plan

  • Materials list and activity suggestions

  • Student handouts including information on BP Oil Spill, clean-up efforts, and environmental consequences

  • Student activity guide

  • STEM Career Connection

  • Math Connection at an upper elementary and middle school level: Percentages, Measurements, Volume (*in SI and metric units*)

  • Reflection Questions


Reviews:

Great resource!! My students loved the activity and the Math teacher and I did the extension lessons together! It worked out great! - Kalyla D.

This was a great packet, both my students and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The readings and notes were perfect for giving my students the background knowledge that they needed. - Dominique L.